Planning Your Pool

A private open air swimming pool in the back garden of a domestic property in the UK does not usually require planning permission unless the property is listed, sited in an area of outstanding natural beauty or the pool is to have a permanent enclosure when planning permission will certainly be required. We recommend that you contact your local authority in order to check the requirements of local legislation before proceeding with construction. If the pool is to be enclosed or is to be used for commercial purposes then both planning permission and building regulation approval are required.

Pool Location

  1. Ideally site the pool well away from trees to avoid leaf debris. Trees, fences and walls may reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the pool area.
  2. Ensure that NO electrical cables, water pipes, gas pipes, sewage pipes, underground phone lines or other obstructions run under the proposed location of the pool.
  3. The filter plant should be enclosed and sited as close to the pool as possible to protect it from the elements, help pump efficiency and reduce the cost of pipe work. The filtration plant should be installed on a level base, ideally at water level (avoid installing your filtration plant more than 300mm (12”) above water level), if this is not possible then no higher than the surrounding paving avoid difficulties when priming the pump.
  4. Availability of water supply.
  5. Availability of a suitable discharge point for the disposal of waster water used in the backwashing of the filter. NOTE: local authorities do not normally permit the discharge of chemically treated water into their foul drains.
  6. Proximity of changing facilities and toilets to the pool.
  7. In the interests of safety, the access to the pool should be from the shallow end and we suggest that the pool area should be fenced off, to minimise the possibility of accidents occurring when the pool is unattended.
  8. If the pool is to be heated, then the availability of an adequate oil, gas or electricity supply to the heating unit should be considered. Also the provision of an oil or gas tank if required. If a heat pump or electric heater is to be used, then the electrical supply should be checked to ensure it will accept the additional load.
  9. During construction, unless you are hand digging, you will need to consider access for a digger or mechanical excavator to the pool site. You may also need a dumper to dispose of any surplus soil that is not being used for the installation or landscaping.

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