DINTON Activity Centre could be replaced with a new £1.8million building including indoor climbing, but planning has been delayed.

The council held a consultation over the centre, in order to decide whether to go through with the plans.

The proposed new building would provide users with hall space for indoor climbing and group activities, a 'briefing area', a classroom space for school pupils and corporate clients, a cafe, changing rooms and toilets.

It will also include a reception and waiting area, and office space with staff welfare facilities.

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Designs also feature solar panels to reduce the building's carbon footprint, windcatchers for ventilation, and a 'green roof' where vegetation would be planted to reduce rainwater run-off.

A spokesman for Wokingham Borough Council said: "We are currently consulting with residents regarding the replacement of the existing Dinton Activity Centre.

"We are looking to provide a new purpose built facility, ensuring that the centre has adequate accommodation to fulfil our education and leisure requirements.

"The new centre is to be manufactured off-site in order to minimise the construction period and disruption to the existing centre, as well as the surrounding community."

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The council has confirmed it is working towards submitting a full planning application but has delayed the process until September 2020.

Wokingham Borough council executive member for environment and leisure Parry Batth said: "We have now received, and are working on, a response to the comments and concerns raised through the planning pre-application process.

"We are also working on the full planning application, for the Dinton Activity Centre, which will be submitted and released soon.

"We are working hard to ensure that all feedback is taken on board. As such, our full planning application has been delayed, leading to a likely completion date of September this year, rather than the previously reported July.

"The project is expected to cost £1.8 million."