Other possible uses for Leisure World’s Planet Ice drawn up as part of refurbishment plans


Alternative uses for the space taken up by Leisure World’s ice rink have been drawn up by site operators in case talks to keep Planet Ice open fail to succeed.

Negotiations are continuing but site operator Capital and Regional wants to ensure that if the Jarman Park rink does close the unit could be used for other leisure activities.

Under the original 1989 legal agreement and planning conditions attached to the venue, any changes to the makeup of uses must be run by the planning authority.

An application before Dacorum Borough Council’s development control committee on Thursday related to fulfilling that legal obligation, which involved showing that a change of use - with suggestions including a swimming/fitness facility, ten pin bowling, squash or badminton courts - would not require additional parking spaces or result in the detriment to the free flow of traffic around the area.

A letter sent to the council along with the application said: “In the event that Planet Ice were to close, my clients and the funders of the development require flexibility to re-let the ice rink space to either other leisure uses, whether to an alternative ice rink operator or not.

“My clients are unwilling to commit to substantial investment required to implement the permissions for the refurbishment of Leisure World without first securing the flexibility to be able to re-let the ice rink area to any D2 use, if Planet Ice were to leave the scheme.”

The committee agreed to delegate the final decision to the planning group manager subject to various conditions being met.