Sports village plan accepted

COUNCILLORS have accepted three development briefs relating to a proposed sports village for Scarborough.

Members of Scarborough Council’s Planning Committee have recommended that the three documents are also accepted by the Cabinet and members of the full council.

The documents outline sites at Weaponness, Filey Road and Seamer Road – with the Weaponness site the preferred option for the new sporting facilities.

Hugh Smith, the council’s major projects officer, said the facilities could include a new football ground, a sports centre and a new swimming pool. He added: “This item is going to be considered by Cabinet and full council.”

The three documents, were drawn up after public consultation with 408 completed questionnaires and 54 letters received – with 62 per cent of respondents in favour of the proposals. Mr Smith said: “We’ve had quite a considerable amount of consultation.”

Cllr Jane Mortimer, the committee chairman, said the documents offered guidance for potential developers and definite plans would only be contained in future planning applications when they were eventually submitted. She said: “They are briefs of how things could happen. It is subject to change.”

Cllr Amanda Robinson said that her main concern was access to the sports village. She added: “The access to the development needs to be considered very carefully.”

Jill Low, the council’s planning manager, said: “Any planning application that does come forward will have to have a traffic impact assessment. We will look very thoroughly at access issues.”

Cllr Herbert Tindall said that Scarborough had been without its football ground for too long. He added: “We can’t even find a place for Scarborough football team. It’s taken nearly six years to get anywhere. I hope they will pick a site that will respect football –I’d hate to think there’s going to be another six years before we get football back.”