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Lewes Council Gives Go Ahead For Sports Pavilion Renovation

Saturday, 22 June 2024 06:00

By Huw Oxburgh, Local Democracy Reporter

Plans to renovate a 'much-loved' sports facility are now open for comment. 

Last Wednesday (May 22), Lewes District Council officially validated a planning application seeking permission for the “extensive renovation” of Newick Sports Pavilion in Allington Road. 

The application had been submitted by Newick Parish Council, which says the proposals are intended to address a number of issues with the existing building, including some out-of-date facilities.

In documents submitted as part of the application,  the parish council’s architectural designer, Pottinger Design Engineering Ltd, wrote:

“The existing building footprint will remain, with an entirely new internal layout. This will feature four new changing rooms, each with their own shower and toilet. 

“The four changing rooms are required due to mixed gender teams and the facilities often being used for multiple sports at the same time. The layout allows players and officials to directly access the playing field from the northern half of the building, allowing the southern half of the building to remain a clean and separate social area. 

“The social half of the building will feature a kitchen with serving hatches both into the social area and directly onto the playing field, allowing spectators to be more easily served hot drinks etc. during matches. 

“A new bar area will be provided with a dedicated storeroom, and an additional storage room will allow tables and chairs to be safely stored out of the way of the social area, allowing this space to be adapted as needed to suit the user requirements.”

The renovation will also include the creation of a new patio area, replacement cladding to the building’s exterior and new doors and windows. A new row of storage sheds will also replace those already on the site.  

The submission of the application follows extensive consultation with neighbours, users of the existing facility and other Newick residents over the past few months. According to the parish council, these discussions have informed the final design. 

The parish council also says it has applied for a £200,000 grant to go towards the cost of the project. 

For further information see application reference LW/24/0363 on the Lewes District Council website.

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