Proposal to expand car parking area at Pocklington sports venue

A proposal to extend the car parking area at the Henry Thirsk Sport Centre has been submitted to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning department.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 10:45 am
Pocklington Sports and AFC is hoping to extend the car park and install floodlighting.

The proposal would see an additional 28 spaces, the installation of floodlighting to serve the existing and proposed parking areas, and the change of use of land for the siting of three storage containers.

Pocklington Sports and AFC (incorporating Pocklington Town FC) also would like to install a 50m length of demountable ball-stop netting to 6.5m high to reduce the incidents of ball loss from its main football pitch.

A planning statement in support of the proposal said: “A new housing development on the southern boundary of the site has generated a ‘developer contribution’ of 1.45 hectares of land which will provide new football pitches and thus increase the number of teams playing at the site in line with the club’s development plans.

“The current car park with 44 spaces is not sufficient to accommodate this growth.

“Parking on the public highway currently creates concerns and is considered a traffic safety issue.

“Pocklington Sports and AFC proposes to develop an extension to the car park to provide another 28 spaces to meet the growing demand.

“The car park extension will be illuminated with two new 5m high street lighting columns with LED fittings, while the existing car park (which currently has no lighting) will be lit using four of the same 5m high masts with LED lamps.”