Plans for a major redevelopment of sporting and community facilities at Tews Lane in Barnstaple have been submitted to North Devon Council.

Councillor Rodney Cann said he was thrilled to see plans to extend the facilities at Tews Lane in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy KeebleCouncillor Rodney Cann said he was thrilled to see plans to extend the facilities at Tews Lane in Barnstaple. Picture: Andy Keeble

Fremington Parish Council hopes to extend the current building at the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field to provide a brand new community pavilion, featuring sports hall with mezzanine level viewing platform, bar, kitchen and storage facilities for sports teams.

An entrance hall would be added to the existing changing room facilities and, subject to planning approval, caretaker’s accommodation added above.

The £250,000 redevelopment will also feature extra car parking, with the existing children’s play equipment moved to the west of the playing field, alongside outdoor gym equipment already installed.

Money is also set aside to create a multi-use games area (MUGA) at the playing fields, renamed in 2012 in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The draft plans were presented to the parish council’s Tews Lane Committee on Thursday.

Committee chairman, Councillor Rodney Cann, said he was ‘proud’ of the plans.

“I am thrilled with the design,” he told the Gazette.

“These are very exciting plans; it’s going to fulfil a need in Roundswell and we hope to have a community facility the whole area can be proud of.

“It was always our intention to extend the first phase but the plans have now been modified to meet modern designs and to enable various sporting activities to take place within the hall.

“The new pavilion will be a community club, a venue for use by the community, also for things other than sport; it will have a real club-feel to it.

“We are talking about a significant investment here – the best part of a-quarter-of-a-
million pounds.”

Mr Cann said the funding would come from Section 106 developer money contributed as part of recent large-scale housing developments in the Roundswell area.

He also said that £20,000 had been set aside to improve drainage problems on the sports pitches.

“There have been problems in recent years and camera work is being done to investigate the extent of the damage,” he said.

“This work has already identified issues with broken pipes and there is money identified to pay for repair work.”