Plymouth City Council has persuaded Sport England to withdraw objections to a £46.5m Olympic-standard swimming centre.
After reconciling concerns about the long-term sustainability of the Life Centre in Plymouth, Sports England agreed that the planners can begin work.
The facilities will include a family leisure pool with flumes, ‘beach entry’ and bubble pool, a 50-metre swimming pool with diving pool, an eight-lane bowls centre, a large fitness suite as well as a multi-purpose sports area.
Alongside a £2.5m contribution from the University of Plymouth, the scheme will be funded through council borrowing and the sale of assets.
Council Leader Vivien Pengelly said: “The dream of a flagship leisure facility for the people of Plymouth has been a long time in the planning and we are so thrilled to see this now becoming a reality.”