Published: 16:00, 22 August 2017
| Updated: 16:20, 22 August 2017
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.
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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