Nine football pitches and two-storey pavilion planned in Newcastle sports hub transformation

Plans for a significant new sports hub in the north west of Newcastle might get a big enhance this week.

A wholesale redevelopment of the Bullocksteads Sports Ground in Kenton Bank Foot will see the positioning remodeled with 9 new football pitches, a restaurant, health studios, and a youngsters’s play space.

The Ponteland Road floor, which was the topic of an arson assault that brought about £40,000 price of harm in 2019, is certainly one of two proposed new ‘Parklife’ sports hubs planned by Newcastle City Council.

The council’s planning committee will contemplate the plans this Friday and are anticipated to present the multi-million pound growth the seal of approval, although work on the challenge won’t be able to start out till Sport England has its say.

Under the plans, Bullocksteads’ present altering room constructing would get replaced by a two-storey pavilion that may additionally characteristic a restaurant, teaching room, health suite, and studio house.

Two synthetic 3G pitches, which will probably be floodlit and have surrounding spectator areas, and seven new grass football pitches are additionally a part of the plans – as are a 280-space automotive park and an outside youngsters’s play space.

The land is sort of solely throughout the inexperienced belt and council officers admit that the challenge does symbolize “inappropriate growth”.

However, the council argues that it might probably declare particular circumstances because of the “tangible social, well being and financial public advantages” of the scheme, which might flip what was a privately-run college facility right into a group sports centre.

In their report back to councillors forward of Friday’s committee assembly, council planning officers acknowledged the visible hurt to the inexperienced belt brought on by the brand new growth – however concluded that “the features to the broader group far outweigh this hurt”.

A proposed cycle observe and nursery that had one shaped a part of the plans for Bullocksteads had been axed from the plans due to the added affect on the inexperienced belt.

While councillors are anticipated to present the proposals the thumbs up on Friday, the council can’t formally approve the plans till Sport England, which is an element funding the scheme, makes its last feedback.

According to the officers’ report, Sport England has considerations over an absence of cricket services throughout Newcastle and has “reserved its place” on the applying till it’s glad that different cricket provisions will probably be obtainable elsewhere.

Two public objections have been raised towards the plans, citing worries over a lack of privateness for neighbours, lack of bushes, and the play space being too near close by homes.

The second proposed Parklife hub is the Blakelaw Recreation Ground, for which planning permission was accepted in January.



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