Football set to come home as stadium plan goes before council

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Scarborough’s new leisure village could finally become a reality today.

At a meeting this afternoon Scarborough Council’s planning committee will decide on whether to press ahead with the long-awaited project.

The final decision will rest with the Department of Communities and Local Government but should the councillors vote in favour that is expected to be a formality.

Today the councillors will consider the application for the site which includes: A 2,000 capacity community football ground for Scarborough Athletic, 25m swimming pool and learner pool with seating area, sports hall, gym and dance studio, squash courts and a multi-use gaming area with car park

The authority’s planning officers have recommended the scheme be approved.

A second application for the University of Coventry Scarborough Campus and the Scarborough University Technical College (UTC) is also going through the planning process and will be heard at a separate meeting later in the year.

The leisure village application was one of the most debated schemes to pass through planning in recent years as a number of people came forward to have their say.

The council report notes: “Comments have been received from 410 parties.

“Of these 343 (78 per cent) are in support and 61 (20 per cent) object, with the remaining six making general comments.”

Crucially the Highways Authority has raised no objection to the plans.

This is in spite of concerns from the Weaponness Valley Community Group, as reported in last week’s The Scarborough News, about the lack of an emergency access on match days via both Queen Margaret’s Industrial Estate and Ashburn Road.

The authority added it would like to see money from the build fund a new bus route. It said: “A Section 106 obligation should provide for a bus shuttle service for a minimum of 5 years on match days.