Blackboys could get new sports pavilion

Plans to build a new sports pavilion in Blackboys have been submitted to Wealden District Council.blackboys sign 3

The original intention was to extend and alter the old pavilion but the latest planning application says that would be a compromise with parts of the building sub-standard in terms of insulation and general construction.

The cost of a new build would be similar to carrying out the work on the existing pavilion.

The proposal is for the new building to occupy a near-identical footprint and layout but with the changing rooms accessed internally.

At the moment, even with approved alterations, there is only external access.

The replacement building would be next to the area of a field that is used for informal parking during matches. It is nearer to the road access but further away from a footpath crossing the field.

The layout proposed is to have the function space at the far side of John Dann Close, separated by a storage and changing area.

A design and access statement says: “There will be no overlooking, the only window facing the close will be that serving the female/disabled wc and this will, of course, be obscure glazed.”

The statement continues: “The new building would be of simple, functional design and materials with a shallow pitched (therefore low level) roof line.

“Although it is proposed that the building is relocated the use would remain the same as the existing – a sports pavilion.

“There is no intention for night time use or for a premises licence; the village hall across the road (in Gun Road) is available for these purposes.”

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