A NEW leisure facility for Ingleby Barwick has taken another step forward with the submission of a planning application.

The proposed multimillion pound leisure centre, library and customer service point is being designed by Ellis Williams Architects and would feature a range of facilities including swimming pools, a health and fitness suite, gym, community access library and customer service point.

Councillor Bob Cook, Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, said: “The submission of the planning application is a really important milestone in the development of the facility.

“The application reflects the views we received from residents during the consultation process, which have really helped to inform the design and layout of the building.

“We’ve been working closely with the All Saints CE Academy and the Diocese of York on this project and we’re looking forward to continuing that relationship as we look to move forward with a fantastic facility for the residents of Ingleby Barwick and the wider Borough.”

The application will now be assessed before it goes before the Council’s planning committee in the near future.

Subject to planning approval it is expected that work would start on site next year with the building opening to the public later in 2018.

Once completed, the facility would be operated by Tees Active Leisure, which already operates high quality fitness and leisure venues in the Borough on behalf of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council.