AMBITIOUS plans to create a £10million centre of sporting excellence for all the community have been unveiled by Studley Parish Council.
The project, hailed as ‘the opportunity of a lifetime’ by Council chair Colin Summers, would see the transformation of Studley Sports & Social Club with the construction of a new clubhouse, two new football pitches, new tennis courts and bowling green – all backed by Sports England.
And at a special presentation tomorrow, Saturday, November 2, local people will get their chance to see just what’s on offer.
The scheme would be paid for by the construction of 49 new homes built on nearby land deemed unsuitable for sport.
These would be of a mix of homes required by residents that would not only help meet the village’s housing obligations but also help protect the Green Belt.
The scheme, has which already received widespread praise, would also see improvements to the facilities at the Brickyard Lane pitches.
“This is a fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity for not only Studley Sports & Social Club but the wider community,” said Coun Summers.
“It’s future proofing the club and its facilities and providing a fantastic new venue for people to enjoy.”
Architect, Gary Phillips, added: “We looked at this five to six years ago initially as a refurbishment project but since then our plans have changed.
“Here we can create a housing mix that meets local needs and provide a flexible, sustainable facility to benefit the club’s customers and users.”
In a best case scenario the development, which would be phased to maintain sporting facilities, could become a reality in five years.
However, as part of the Studley Neighbourhood Plan, it must first receive the backing of local residents.
Club chair Neville Mason said: “This is the best thing that could have ever happened to us; it’s going to improve the sporting facilities here and give us a fantastic venue which will be an asset for all of Studley, but it can only happen if the village agrees.
“With Sport England and the village backing us we can make this a reality.”
TWO presentations of the proposals will be made at Studley Sports & Social Club in Eldorado Close at 10am and again at 11.30am.