A planning application that would see Thorne Leisure Centre lose its sports hall to accommodate new additions including a bowling alley and soft play area has been submitted to Doncaster Council.
The leisure centre on Haynes Road in Thorne is currently undergoing refurbishment works and documents published along with a planning application earlier this month (September) show that the existing sports hall would be split into two floors, with a bowling alley and children’s soft play centre on the ground floor and a gym area above.
Plans show that once the hall is split into two floors, the ground floor would comprise a six lane bowling alley with associated seating and a soft play area with seating. Additional seating would also be provided for a planned new café in the building.
The first floor would comprise a new gym area to replace the existing one, an exercise studio, and changing rooms with showers and toilets.
A planning document produced for the works at Thorne Leisure Centre, says remodelling includes: “the introduction of a mid-height floor to the existing sports hall to provide a bowling alley at ground floor with a gym at first floor level.
“There will also be a reconfiguration of the entrance to provide access to the above spaces and to the newly refurbished swimming pool.
“A minor enlargement of the existing car park is also provided.”
The document adds that a “prime concern” of the building operator is “to attract the proposed new revenue streams”, saying “the building is a key component in assisting this process.”
On the loss of the sports hall space, the document says this is compensated “by creating an additional two main uses within the same footprint.”
The multi-purpose sports hall has been used for activities including five-a-side football, netball and badminton. It also comprises indoor cricket nets and a basketball court.
The plans, which include the enlargement of the car park, can be viewed on Doncaster Council’s planning portal under reference number: 23/01643/FUL
*26/09 – edited for clarity in relation to existing gym