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Date published: 27th July 2018

A project to build a multi-million pound, state of the art leisure facility in Sheringham has taken a major step forward.

The planning application for the Sheringham Leisure Centre has been submitted and will be considered in the coming weeks.

North Norfolk District Council's cabinet agreed £10.7m of funding for the new leisure and fitness centre to replace the existing facility, Splash, in December 2017.

The centre will include a main 25 metre pool, a 13 metre learner pool with an adjustable depth floor, a bright and colourful splash pad for children, fitness suite and café.

There will also be accessible changing rooms, inflatable sessions in the main pool, community rooms, multi-purpose studios and a spin studio.

The project will ensure the provision of leisure and fitness facilities for local communities and visitors to north Norfolk is secured for the future. Splash will remain open while the new leisure centre is built on a different part of the site. The leisure centre is due to open in late 2020.

The leisure centre supports North Norfolk District Council’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of its residents.

Working with partners including Sport England, the Council is seeking to increase participation in sport which will contribute to an improvement in social and cultural benefits.  The social and fitness spaces will help put the facility at the heart of the community.

The construction of a new facility will result in significant economic benefits both during and post completion.  These include job creation for local people during the construction period and longer term employment and opportunities for volunteering once the site has opened for business.

Splash at Sheringham was opened in May 1988. A condition survey conducted last year highlighted an urgent need to invest in a new facility to ensure access to leisure services is secured for the future.

North Norfolk District Council has appointed Saunders Boston Architects and a full design team to develop the new facility, which is also the subject of a funding bid to Sport England. 

NNDC-owned land adjacent to the new facility will be subject to enabling development which will contribute to the funding of the new leisure facility.

A community funded skate park is currently situated on the land and will be relocated elsewhere on the site to enable development.

To find out more, log on to, which includes plans, background information and a virtual ‘walk through’ video of the new leisure centre.

Last updated: 13th February 2019