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Sutton-in-Craven cricket pavilion wins support of the village
7:00am Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
A cricket club has been given the go-ahead to build a new pavilion after councillors heard it had the support of most of the village.
Craven District Council’s planning committee was advised to refuse plans by the Sutton-in-Craven club because of potential problems for neighbours.
The meeting was told there would be a benefit to club members and to others, including South Craven School, which used the ground off Sutton Lane, but that there was a potential for noise and disturbance if the pavilion was used for functions.
But Sutton Parish Council and the chairman of the club urged councillors to approve the scheme and allow it to develop.
Denise Emmott, parish council clerk, said the council fully supported the club’s plans, that the current facilities were not fit for purpose and that there were real concerns that the club would fold if it was not allowed to develop.
Club chairman Stewart Robinson added that it had never been their intention to upset neighbours, it had worked to achieve the best result and there had never been any plans to host wedding receptions – as some had feared.
Coun Stephen Place (Ind, Sutton) said the club had been in existence since 1902 and its facilities were “woefully inadequate”.
“It falls short of basic league standards and I am sure if the league was so minded, it could spell the end of cricket in Sutton,” he said.
Coun Place added there were plans to include a ladies changing room in the scheme, which looked like the village could soon seen ladies cricket.
He dismissed fears that the pavilion’s “lounge space” could be used for large-scale functions because of its limited size.
Coun Paul English (Lib Dem, Skipton West) said he was perplexed that councillors were being advised to refuse the plans when they seemed to have the support of the village.
“There is one objection to this and that person has not even come here today. There is nothing more fitting to a Yorkshire scene than a bit of leather and willow. I am surprised that this plan has even come to committee,” he said.
The scheme, a resubmission of a one refused by the council in March, will include a pavilion and parking for 12 cars at the southern end of the site next to Sutton Lane.
The pavilion will be single storey and will include changing rooms and toilets and a 70 square metre lounge with viewing windows over the cricket pitch, and kitchen facilities.
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