Whitecliff Pavilion

Whitecliff Pavilion

Whitecliff Pavilion-PBA received the following: ‘Whitecliff Sports Foundation was set up in response to Poole Borough Council’s intention to tender and a charity has been established by a number of local invested trustees with following Objectives- (i) To provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life(ii) The promotion of community participation in healthy recreation in particular for the benefit of the inhabitants of Poole, Dorset and the surrounding area by the provision of facilities for playing, but not limited to, football, cricket, athletics and cycling. We aim to partner with a local community minded commercial retailer/operator to achieve a sustainable and valued outlet that enables us to achieve our charitable objectives for the wider community. We wait for the tender document and detail to be announced by Poole Borough Council at which point we look forward to liaising with PBA committee over our plans.’ However, we will require of the commercial partner before committing support.

Whitecliff Pavilion

Two planning applications have been submitted to Poole Council and we, as an association are very concerned that whatever the outcome, it does not detract for the principle of what the pavilion ‘stands for’ in respect of community usage. Towards that end, we will object to a variance of opening hours until 11pm and ensure that any ‘commercialisation ‘of the pavilion and its environs will not negatively impact on sports provision for the community or the grassed area in front of the building. I understand that proposals to ‘develop’ the toilet block into a café area at Baiter has been put onto hold as there is too much involvement with Whitecliff pavilion!

Whitecliff Pavilion

  Plans for the development of the pavilion are going ahead and received Cabinet approval in December. An old application put in by PBA some years ago for Town and Village Green status as protection against development (remember the debacle re the proposed Solar Pyramid?) means there cannot be any development until the application has been resolved. We engaged with the council and obtained Fields in Trust for Baiter and Whitecliff as a more progressive form of protection and therefore the TVG application was not relevant. However, rules apparently changed in 2013 and an application cannot now be withdrawn –it has to proceed. The council was aware of this but Legal Department decided to ‘park’ the request for removal as there were other issues to be sorted. Now the application has to go ahead even though we withdrew any support for it. So far, there has been a public hearing with two barristers, many senior council officers and a whole day…to date. Seems daft doesn’t it as we don’t have any interest in it at all! To summarise – IF the TVG application is withdrawn, the commercial concession opportunity will be put out to tender during this spring with a view to construction during the latter stages of 2018.

Whitecliff Pavilion

Plans for the development of the pavilion are going ahead and received Cabinet approval in December. An old application put in by PBA some years ago for Town and Village Green status as protection against development (remember the debacle re the proposed Solar Pyramid?) means there cannot be any development until the application has been resolved. We engaged with the council and obtained Fields in Trust for Baiter and Whitecliff as a more progressive form of protection and therefore the TVG application was not relevant. However, rules apparently changed in 2013 and an application cannot now be withdrawn –it has to proceed. The council was aware of this but Legal Department decided to ‘park’ the request for removal as there were other issues to be sorted. Now the application has to go ahead even though we withdrew any support for it. So far, there has been a public hearing with two barristers, many senior council officers and a whole day…to date. Seems daft doesn’t it as we don’t have any interest in it at all! To summarise – IF the TVG application is withdrawn, the commercial concession opportunity will be put out to tender during this spring with a view to construction during the latter stages of 2018.