Sport plan recognises pavilion status

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PLANS for Scarborough’s new sports village have been amended following the decision to grant listed building status to an historic sporting pavilion on one of the sites involved in the scheme.

The near-century-old tennis pavilion at Filey Road Sports and Tennis Centre has been given Grade II listing by English Heritage.

Members of the centre’s Health and Fun Committee applied for the listing after it was announced the centre, along with the Seamer Road football stadium, would be sold off to help fund the proposed sports village at the former Weaponness Valley Park and Ride site.

The listing means if plans to turn the sports centre into a housing development are approved, the pavilion will almost certainly remain.

A report by Pauline Elliott, Scarborough Council’s head of regeneration and planning, said: “When officers were preparing the brief, this was done in the knowledge that a request to list the pavilion had been made and this was mentioned in the approved version.

“Indeed, due its to architectural and historic interest it was anticipated that listing was a likely outcome, but it would have been inappropriate to speculate on the decision of the Minister in advance.

“The listing process can be time consuming and the timing of a decision is not revealed in advance, so it was decided that this should not hold up preparation of the brief.”