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Whitecliff recreation pavilion

We’re exploring opportunities to modernise, develop and remodel Whitecliff Recreation Ground Pavilion. 

The pavilion, situated on Whitecliff Recreation Ground, has spectacular views across Poole Harbour. It also has onsite parking and good cycle and walking access to Poole Quay and Town Centre. 

There’s a pavilion for sports teams and the recreation ground accommodates more than 200 sporting fixtures a year. The recreation ground also has a children’s play area, outdoor fitness equipment, large open space and is a site for outdoor community events. 

Whitecliff Recreation Ground is a public open space and protected by a Fields in Trust designation.  


The proposed development of the pavilion would provide a modern sports and community hub, park café and public toilets. 

We aim to completely remodel and modernise the pavilion and add a predominantly single-storey extension to the rear of the building. 

The development proposal includes a multi-functional facility which is accessible to community groups and casual users, including sports clubs and organisations, that will benefit from modernised changing facilities. 


The project would be mainly funded through private investment, supported by Planning Obligations Funding. We may also use some of our funds to enable the project. 


After consultation with the local community and businesses, we made an application for outline planning permission in August 2017. 

Outline planning permission was granted in October 2017. You can see all the documents to do with the application via the planning portal, using reference APP/17/01146. 

The outline planning application follows consultation with the local community and businesses. Full and detailed designs will be developed with a commercial partner which will require further assessment and permission from the local planning authority. 

Disposal of open space 

In line with the proposals above, we’ll be undertaking a tender exercise to seek a concessionaire to develop the pavilion to include a cafe, sports changing provision and public toilet facilities. 

We’re considering offering a long lease to the concessionaire, who will take on future responsibility and maintenance of the pavilion. We would always retain the freehold for the land. 

Because the term is greater than seven years, we’ve advertised our intention to lease the site and invited members of the public to comment. This advertisement was called a disposal of open space notice. No objections were made to us during this process.  

Next steps 

Appropriation of land 

An advert giving notice of the following appeared in the Bournemouth Echo on Friday 25 July and Friday 2 August 2019. 

"In accordance with the Local Government Act 1972 Section 122 and Section 226 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, BCP Council intends to appropriate for planning purposes the land it owns freehold which forms part of the land registered at the Land Registry under title number DT383043 known as Whitecliff for the remodelling, refurbishment, extension or redevelopment of Whitecliff Pavilion to establish sports changing facilities, publicly accessible toilets and a cafe. No objections were made to the council during this process, and we are expecting to conclude the appropriation by March 2020." 


The tender to find an operator to remodel, refurbish and extend the pavilion was published on Monday 3 February 2020. We were seeking offers from experienced, imaginative and prospective tenants who could deliver our vision to provide a vibrant, comfortable and modern commercial cafe and sports pavilion that complements the park. 

Following a successful tender, the expected timeline is: 

  • detailed design in spring/summer 2020 
  • construction in winter/spring 2020/2021 
  • opening expected by summer 2021.

Additional information 

A planning application submitted by Mr Mitchell from Elite Skills Arena surrounding the development of this facility is not linked to our proposal. It does not reflect our aspirations for this facility. The outcome of this application will not influence a prospective procurement exercise. 

We operate in a fair, open and transparent way, offering both fair opportunity for all bidders, and obtaining best value for residents. 

For more information about the development of the pavilion at Whitecliff Recreation Ground, email or call the recreation development team on 01202 261 306.


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