Press coverage: Plan submitted for pavilion

PLANS have been formally submitted for the project to replace a run-down Winchester sports pavilion.

The Pavilion Project, which would see the dilapidated pavilion and scoring huts at North Walls Recreation Ground replaced with a new sports and community building, is estimated to cost around £600,000.

Now planning approval has been sought by project leader Mike Caldwell to demolish the current building and erect the proposed pavilion.

So far, the plan have been met with support, with a number of people, including Winchester city councillor Anne Weir, writing to planners to praise the design.

Cllr Weir said: “This is a very welcome application for the replacement of the cricket pavilion. I support the innovative and ambitious design which will enhance the North Walls park and provide a new focal point for sports and leisure activities in this highly valued open space.”

As previously reported, project leaders still seek funding, with Sport England agreeing a contribution towards costs from its Community Asset Fund, thought to be worth £50,000, and Winchester City Council allocating £300,000.

Funds have also been sought through the Aviva Community Fund Awards 2017, which could see up to another £25,000 allocated.

A decision on the planning application is expected in late December or early January.

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Richard Coope