A new state-of-the-art leisure centre for the Royal Borough became a step closer to reality this week.

The authority's planning department finally agreed details on Wednesday for a detailed planning application for the planned £32million Braywick Leisure Centre. It will replace the ageing Magnet centre as a hub for sport, art and cultural events.

The planned new centre will include a 10 lane swimming pool, a 200 station gym, sports hall, 650 seat event space with disabled access and twice as much parking as the Magnet.

It would use 75% less energy than the Magnet, which will remain open until the new centre is completed.

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 by December, 2019 but will have to go through a full planning process first.

To view the full planning application enter the reference number 17/03372/FULL online at: http://publicaccess.rbwm.gov.uk/online-applications/