Braywick Leisure Centre plans submitted

Published: Wednesday, 8th November 2017

Braywick Leisure Centre
Braywick Leisure Centre

The new state-of-the-art leisure centre providing the next generation with a venue to be proud of has taken another step forward.

Today (Wednesday 8 November) the planning application for Braywick Leisure Centre was formally validated by the Royal Borough’s planning department.

It contains full details of the proposed £32 million facility which the council is building to provide residents with a community space to enjoy sport, art and cultural events for years to come.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “This is a great milestone on the journey towards opening Braywick Leisure Centre as a venue for all.

“Building a borough for everyone means providing residents with all the infrastructure and facilities they will need and investing in this state-of-the-art leisure centre is an important part of our wider strategy to match the emerging Borough Local Plan.

“We’ve worked with leisure users to make sure the centre works for everyone. Creating something like this from scratch means we can include these ideas and others into every part of the design.

“We still want to hear what residents think and now the detailed plans have been published people can read through the proposal and engage with us through the planning process.”

The centre is due to open to users by December 2019, pending planning permission, and will replace the ageing Magnet to create a new hub for sport, art and cultural events right on the edge of the town centre.

Main features will include a 10-lane swimming pool, a 200-station gym, a large sports hall, a 650-seat event space, improved accessibility for disabled users and twice as much parking as the Magnet.

The proposed centre would use 75 percent less energy than the Magnet, which will remain open until the new centre is completed so there is no break in service.

To view the full planning application enter the reference number 17/03372/FULL on the council's planning portal here.

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