Community will benefit from proposed multi-million-pound sports centre

An artist's impression of the proposed sports complex at the Hull University Scarborough Campus. Image by Westray Keith Phelps ltd/ Wedrawfast ltd.
An artist's impression of the proposed sports complex at the Hull University Scarborough Campus. Image by Westray Keith Phelps ltd/ Wedrawfast ltd.

Plans have been unveiled for a multi-million-pound sports centre which could house up to 200 spectators at Scarborough’s university site.

The proposed development includes four basketball and badminton courts, a fitness suite and a floodlit outdoor sports pitch, which would be available for public use.

Planning officers have recomended the scheme at Hull University’s Scarborough Campus is approved today in a bid to address a critical lack of sports facilities in the town.

The Filey Road site is just over a mile away from the location of the long-awaited Weaponness Sports Village, which is nearing the stage where final tenders will be invited.

Dr Craig Gaskell, principal of the Scarborough Campus, said: “What we want to do is develop a sports facility that benefits our students and the local community. This will be in line with a broader strategy to to make sure residents and businesses get more benefit from Scarborough being a university town.”

Under the plans, two classrooms would be demolished to make way for the three-storey building, however two seminar rooms are proposed within the facility which would be suitable for up to 36 students each.

The outdoor sports ground, which would be sited on a car park and part of an exisiting playing field, is big enough for two five-a-side football pitches and would be made of 3G synthetic grass.

Mr Gaskell stressed the development was not set in stone and the planning decision would inform wider plans to significantly invest in the university’s sports facilities.

“We want to make sure it is complimentary with other sport developments in the town such as the sports village,” he said.

“We are looking at various options at the moment and we hope to be clear on exactly what we are going to do early in the new year.”