Sports village: hunt on for a developer

COUNCILLORS are today set to consider three proposed development documents relating to a new sports village for Scarborough.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Cabinet are due to meet at the Town Hall this morning and it is recommended that they adopt the three development briefs as planning guidance for the sites.

The sites are at Weaponness Valley, Filey Road Sports Centre and the former football stadium in Seamer Road.

If approved today, then the decision is set to be discussed by members of the full council next month with a final draft published later in November.

In a Cabinet report by Hugh Smith, the council’s major projects officer, he said that the council was currently looking for a suitable developer to build the proposed sports village, which would include a new football ground, at the Weaponness Valley site.

He added: “To raise funds the disposal of the Seamer Road Stadium and Filey Road Sports Centre is required. The development of the sites must be acceptable in planning terms and the briefs are required to provide planning guidance when assessing planning applications.”

His report highlights several potential risks if the plans are not adopted including: a limit to the range of planning benefits, it could hinder regeneration, harm to the environment and economic circumstances, or lack of a developer interest, could prevent redevelopment.

Cabinet members are also due to discuss a proposed review of dog controls within the Scarborough area. If approved the review will go out for public consultation and it has proposed a relaxing of a dog ban in Dean Road and Manor Road Cemeteries.

The proposed move of the council’s depot site was originally included in the agenda but it is understood that it has been withdrawn and will be included at a later date.

The meeting is due to begin at 10am and will take place in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall.