Newbury Sports Ground Update (Urgent Item)
Decision Maker: Executive
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: No
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The Executive considered an exempt report (Agenda Item 10) concerning progress with the development of a sports ground in Newbury.
RESOLVED that the recommendations in the exempt report be agreed.
Other options considered:
The Council commissioned feasibility studies at three locations where the Council was the land owner; Northcroft, Henwick, The Diamond. Each were deliverable to varying degree. Northcroft was considered too risky to proceed given observations about planning issues. Henwick was deliverable but was discounted by Operations Board because it was outside the Newbury settlement and The Diamond site was seen as a satisfactory but not ideal location.
Redevelop Faraday Road – the option to retain a sports ground at this location had been discounted through the London Road Industrial Estate Project Board given the wider regeneration aspirations of the Council which had been in place for nearly 20 years.
Locate a new sports ground at ‘The Diamond’ at Pigeons Farm, Newbury. This site was not considered as desirable by the Project Board and had more issues to contend with based on the SSL report commissioned. The site was owned by the Council and could accommodate a step 6 facility.
Report author: Paul Anstey
Publication date: 15/01/2021
Date of decision: 14/01/2021
Decided at meeting: 14/01/2021 - Executive