Hotel could be built on part of the Splash site in Sheringham
PUBLISHED: 11:36 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:47 25 October 2017
Archant Norfolk 2015
A multi-million pound sporting facility in Sheringham could partly be paid for by a new hotel.
Part of the land around the Splash leisure and fitness centre will be made available this week for a hotel development on the site.
The potential sale of the site would help to pay for an improved leisure centre at Splash, which is now almost 30 years old.
Marketing part of the three-acre site will be carried out by commercial property experts, Pygott and Crone, on behalf of the site owners, North Norfolk District Council (NNDC), with a range of options available for the exact positioning of the hotel on the site. Any funds from a hotel will be directly used to part fund the new leisure centre.
A feasibility study on the future leisure centre – either a refurbishment or a new build – is due to go to NNDC’s overview and scrutiny committee on November 8.
The study was commissioned over the summer, following the council’s cabinet decision in June setting out its proposed options for new sports facilities.
Splash will continue to be open as usual to customers and members while future investment plans are considered by the authority.
Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “This is an imaginative proposal and one that would see the local authority invest in future sporting facilities and build the area’s reputation as a centre of sporting excellence.”
The council is committed to keeping all the current leisure facilities – the leisure centre and skate park - on the site.
Splash currently offers a gym with 28 stations, two dance studios, one badminton court plus a leisure pool. It welcomed more than 168,000 customers last year.
The council will also test the market for a new leisure and pool operator to take on its leisure contract which is due for renewal on March 31, 2019.
The current contract covers Fakenham Sports and Fitness, Splash Leisure and Fitness in Sheringham and Victory Swim and Fitness Centre in North Walsham. All three leisure centres are highly successful with 462,000 visits in 2016/17.