We are pleased to provide an update on progress with the Hampton Pool Development Project planning application following consideration by the Greater London Authority (GLA) on 9th September 2019.

The GLA has completed its Stage 1 review and accepts that our application meets the “very special circumstances” set out for permitted development on Metropolitan Open Land as outlined in the London Plan and draft London Plan policies. This means that the application can now move forward to be considered by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Planning Committee.

In addition to considering the documentation associated with the planning submission, the GLA decision has been informed by the independent viability study from Aspinall Verdi which concluded in favour of the development. The report was commissioned by London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Planning Department.

The GLA's review has raised certain queries about the roof, energy use, water and transport, details of which are being provided in response.

Our planning application should now move forward for consideration by the Planning Committee, and if approved will go back to the GLA for the Stage 2 approval.

If you have any queries regarding the building development, have any comments or if you would like further information, please email the Building Development Team: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Stephen Hooley
Chair, on behalf of Hampton Pool Trust Board

The Board recognises the engagement of our members and their interest in Board decision making. We have been considering the ways in which we communicate with members and other stakeholders, recognising that our Trust webpages need review and redevelopment and that working documents such as minutes give limited explanation or context, especially as commercial, financial and personal data cannot be shared.

The reconstituted Communication and Outreach Committee is taking a fresh look at how we communicate about the work of Hampton Pool Trust Board, how we keep our members informed and how we seek feedback. This will involve a review of our various communication channels based on discussion with members and stakeholders. We are launching a communication survey and events series to explore ways forward with input from our members and stakeholders.

While we collect this data and agree next steps, we will be communicating with members using email updates from the Chair and Committees, via Poolside Chat and the main Pool website. The Trust web pages will be used primarily for news items and announcements.

Jane Savidge
Company Secretary
Hampton Pool Trust

Hampton Pool Trust: Positive changes

Since it was built in 1922 Hampton Pool has evolved and changed to provide the local community with a friendly, accessible place to relax and exercise. Hampton Pool Trust wants to progress our wonderful community gem so it can continue to benefit all who use it.

Back in 1922 if you were using the pool you would have been swimming just 25 yards with wooden changing cubicles all around the pool. By 1939 it was a 40 yard pool with pump filtration. By the beginning of 1960 the pool was widened and the current building constructed. The learner pool was built in 1990 but since then there have been no significant changes to the pool footprint.

There have, of course, been other changes to Hampton Pool which have encouraged a wider range and number of people to use the pool. For example, the pool was first heated in 1985, the changing rooms have each been halved to create a gym (1990) and a studio (2006). Also there have been major refurbishments of the main pool tank, the roof and changing rooms which ensure users can safely enjoy Hampton Pool all year round.

With the centenary of Hampton Pool coming up in 2022, the Hampton Pool Trust Board have been considering how the pool needs to change so that it can continue to thrive as the community around it evolves. Over the past few years, with extensive consultation with all the different users of the pool, the Trust has been looking at various options. One of the key considerations is how to make more beneficial use of the unused area at the deep end of the pool site to create better dryside facilities. This would release additional space to improve the current changing facilities and cater better for families.

What we ARE planning:

You may have seen plans around the pool, responded to requests from the Trust as to what you want, or indeed heard people talking about it. This is how we are planning to make improvements:

  • New additional unisex changing areas with family sized and individual cubicles, whilst maintaining male and female only changing rooms;
  • Lift to the roof where there will be a redesigned bigger café with new kitchen and serving area;
  • Covered areas on the roof for colder and rainy days but with half of the area still open to sit and enjoy the view, your coffee and meal all year round;
  • Better dryside facilities ensure the site is well used all year and is not so dependent on the weather. At the deep end of the pool a new gym and studios will provide more space for equipment and classes;
  • Better staff facilities with new office space, changing area and drying room for their equipment and wetsuits;
  • Re-laid and set out car park additional secure bike racks and new pedestrian access pathways to improve safety. New green areas with new plants and bushes will enhance the entrance to the pool.

Behind the scenes we are taking care of some sustainability issues. New pool equipment, filters, pumps and heaters along with solar panels and a combined heat and power unit which will reduce our energy costs and our carbon footprint.

We are NOT building a ‘leisure centre’:

Just in case you are reading this worried that Hampton Pool will no longer be the special place we all love, we would like to assure you that it will remain primarily an open air pool with 75% of the site devoted to swimming.

It won’t be a huge gym but our current gym is overcrowded with equipment and people and a new larger gym will allow the equipment to be better spaced for easier access – especially for those with disabilities.

The studios are sized to give more space per person with a few additional spaces to make the classes viable and to avoid disappointment in our popular classes.

We have looked at creating another pool for learning and training however the costs of creating and maintaining it are hard to recover in comparison to an expanded gym and studio.

We don’t plan any long closures and we are working to remain open for business as usual with minimal inconvenience to you, our customers.

Hampton Pool Trust is working hard to evolve the Pool in order to continue to provide you with a great customer experience and improved facilities for the benefit of the whole community as everyone at the pool has been doing since 1922.

The planning application for the development of Hampton Pool is now available to view online at:

http://www2.richmond.gov.uk/lbrplanning/Planning_CASENO.aspx?strCASENO=16/3434/FUL&DocTypeID=51#docs

If you have any comments to make please get them in as soon as possible as the closing date is the 3rd of October. A decision on the planning application is currently due on the 21st October.

Thank you for all your support so far with this worthwhile development.

Hampton Pool Trust

Wimshurst Partners

The Board, having carefully considered three potential management contractors, are pleased to announce it has decided to renew the contract with the YMCA LSW. The Board and the YMCA LSW have worked well together within a partnership approach since 2007 and the pool has seen significant improvements in usage, continuity of management and infrastructure. We look forward to an exciting new chapter in the relationship as we work together to develop the business of Hampton Pool. This means that we can progress the building project that came out of the HPT 5 Year Strategic Plan of 2011.

The Y has introduced HPT to Wimshurst Partners, an architectural practice who have put together a series of concept sketches which can be viewed here. The Trust is planning to start the first stage of the project by 2015.

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