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Planning permission granted for new £26 million Dover Leisure Centre, Whitfield

By Sam Lennon

Planning consent has been granted for the new Dover Leisure Centre.

Dover District Council today said that permission was given through officers' delegated powers.

It says that the final go-ahead for the £26 million centre at Whitfield will be considered at a special cabinet meeting on Monday, September 11.

Artist's impression of the planned new Dover Leisure Centre at Whitfield. Picture Dover District Council

Artist's impression of the planned new Dover Leisure Centre at Whitfield. Picture: Dover District Council

The facility will be for the whole district.

It will feature a competition standard eight-lane swimming pool with spectator seating for 250 people and learner pool with a moveable floor.

There will also be a four-court sports hall, squash courts, multi-function room, fitness gym, fitness studios, clip and climb wall and a café.

The plans also include two outdoor artificial pitches for five-a-side football and there will be a minimum of 250 parking spaces.

The new sports centre, due to open in early 2019, is on a 2.1 hectare site near Honeywood Parkway and is being funded by the district council.

It replaces the existing 1970s-built one at Townwall Street, Dover, which will be demolished.

That building is now considered to be too expensive to maintain long-term.

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