Badminton England has submitted a planning application to Milton Keynes Council for what has been described as one of the best training and community sport facilities in the world, at the National Bowl.
The proposal includes a minimum 16 court badminton hall, a new fitness club, administrative accommodation, athlete accommodation, and associated car parking space.
Adrian Christy, chief executive of Badminton England, said the move was inspired by the massive demand for badminton courts, the desire to replicate tournament conditions in a training environment for the British programme and the council’s ambition to position Milton Keynes as an international sporting city.
A more detailed planning application for the £20m facility will be submitted by January. The plan is to be relocated to the new site by the spring of 2015, before Britain’s elite players begin their bid to qualify for the Rio Games.