Decision details

Update Report on Built Sports and Leisure Facilities

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No



That it is recommended that Council:-




(a)        sell the Clifton Hill site, for a mixed residential development to generate the best value capital receipt to offset the previously agreed costs of compensation, upgrades to leisure facilities and to provide investment for other Council priorities including the future development and improvement of other leisure sites;


(b)        allocate a budget of £200,000 to cover the ground investigation works, marketing and selling of the site to deliver the optimal capital receipt to the Council; and


(c)       allocate a further capital budget of £4.4 million to allow for the full replacement of the flat roof and rebuild of the floor structure surrounding the pool at the Riverside Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre; and






(a)       Delegate authority to the Director in consultation with the relevant Portfolio Holder and in liaison with the ward members and the City Surveyor to:-


Identify and agree the area of green space to be retained by the council (comprising a minimum of 10% of the overall site area) in the current general location of the existing green space; and


Agree a condition to be included in the Contract for Sale of the whole site requiring the purchaser to transfer back for a peppercorn the green space land identified and agreed in 2.2(a) above to the Council following service by the Council of a Notice requiring such transfer;


(b)       Delegate authority to the City Surveyor to take the necessary steps to ensure the Clifton Hill land is not used for purpose built student accommodation.


(c)       Note the good progress on the works associated with the £3 million budget agreed for the essential enhancements to the fabric of the buildings and replacement of essential plant and mechanical systems and interior enhancements; Exeter Arena, Wonford Sports Centre and Riverside Swimming Pool Leisure Centre and on the £950,000 budget agreed in November 2017 for Pyramids Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre.


(d)       Note the need for further capital investment at the Riverside Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre.


(e)       Note that the draft Physical Activity and Built Facilites strategies, (setting out the longer term sustainability and development plans for Riverside Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre, Wonford Sports Centre; Exeter Arena and ISCA Centre; Northbrook Swimming Pool and Northbrook Golf Course) are being recommended for public consultation with final recommendations due to be presented to Council in July 2019.   


Reason for Decision:


As set out in the report.






Report author: Jo Yelland

Publication date: 18/02/2019

Date of decision: 12/02/2019

Decided at meeting: 12/02/2019 - Executive

Accompanying Documents: