A former waterpark has asked for planning permission for a softplay area for children.

Liquid Leisure in Windsor announced it would be closing down in October 2023, a year after the council barred it from fully reopening following the death of 11-year-old Kyra Lee.

On August 6, 2022, Kyra was attending a birthday party at Windsor Liquid Leisure when she got into trouble in a designated swimming area.

Emergency services were called at 3.55pm and Kyra was found just after 5.10pm and rushed to Wexham Park Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

An inquest into her death is ongoing.

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Liquid Leisure has since sold off its water park structures and changed its name to Liquid Leisure Wake Park - currently operating exclusively for watersports.

It comes after the company said it was "no longer financially viable" to continue operating with an indefinite prohibition notice from the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead stopping many of the lakeside activities.

In 2022 and 2023, Liquid Leisure Windsor hosted the World Wake Association (WWA) Wake Park World Championships, creating ten British World Champions who trained at the venue. 

On February 9 the local authority received a retrospective planning application from Liquid Leisure for a change of use to include non-water polluting activities and non-propelled watersports - including wind surfing and water ski lake uses.

They have also asked for a change of use of the boat house to be a children's softplay facility with a cafe.

The plans document how the aqua park, high rope, ninja warrior aqua park and junior aqua park have all been removed from the lake

However, Liquid Leisure plans propose keeping one of the aqua park sections.

Inside the premises, the children's softplay area will include a reception, play area, seating area, cafe, buggy store and several toilets and baby changing facilities.

An accompanying statement states how Liquid Leisure withdrew their appeal against alleged planning breaches and were given until March 2024 to submit an application to regularise the use of the site for water activities.

The business owner also hopes to get approval for the relocation of existing structures, regularise the unauthorised structures and also regularise the change of use of the former boat building to child care use and café.

Many of the elements have been present for four to ten years.

"This application seeks to verify that a number of items that were listed in the enforcement letter of July 2019 have subsequently been removed or are due to be relocated in a more appropriate site location," Liquid Leisure states to the council.

"There has been a general agreement with the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead planning department that the site has a lawful use for water skiing and windsurfing, with associated clubhouse, boathouse, a kiosk, volleyball pitch, ski jump tower and cable water ski system with pylons."

The application can be viewed on the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's planning portal using reference 24/00381/FULL.