What a Swimtastic idea!

Swimtastic Ltd already holds swimming lessons in various venues around South Ribble, including Longton (pictured) but the firm now wants to expand and open its own pool in Moss Side, Leyland
Swimtastic Ltd already holds swimming lessons in various venues around South Ribble, including Longton (pictured) but the firm now wants to expand and open its own pool in Moss Side, Leyland
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A new swimming pool designed for private lessons for children could soon be created in Leyland.

A planning application has been put forward by a company called Swimtastic Ltd, to change the use of a building in the Moss Side Industrial Estate to a pool.

The firm, which currently hires out pools around South Ribble for swimming classes for children, wants to expand the business and open its own premises.

The agent acting on behalf of the applicant, Richard Bramley of Bramley-Pate and Partners, said: “There is a terrible shortage of pools to rent and the ones that Swimtastic does use at the moment, such as pools at local schools, have limited times when they are not being used by the schools.

“This is an established business which wants to hold small classes for children in Leyland and South Ribble, so they are looking for a suitable environment to expand the facilities.”

The company, run by Stephen Boardman, has been operating for five years and currently employs three members of staff.

If the plans are passed by South Ribble Council, the pool will be open between 9am and 7.30pm midweek, and from 8am until 12 noon on Saturday.

The pool will be around 9m by 4.5m with a metre-wide walkway around the edges.

There will also be six changing rooms and two shower cubicles, toilets and baby change facilities, as well as a viewing platform for parents to watch children throughout the lessons.

Mr Bramley added: “I think it’s a really good idea for the area.

“It is in an industrial estate and the present usage is ‘light industrial’ but it’s also very accessible, so it’s a good location.

“It’s just off Schleswig Way and there is already a gym in that area.

“I just think that leisure pools are not always the best place for children to learn to swim, because there are a lot of people around.

“This is designed for small groups of up to six children.”

He added: “Swimtastic will continue to operate in the other venues, but the demand is just so much now that there is not enough provision to cover it.”

The planning application states that there will be three designated parking spaces at the site, but said there is “ample parking in the surrounding area of the unit.”

A decision will be made at a delegated level.