Regenerating Westward Ho! site

At community and resources committee on Monday, Councillors voted on proposals to take forward development ideas for the Avon Lane Tennis Court site to a formal planning submission stage. Following extensive community consultation, the ideas presented to Councillors included the provision for a mixed-use development of housing, 2 full-size tennis courts, a community building similar in size to the old Happy Café and a local equipped play area.


As much of the site as possible will be retained for community use which will make better use of the available space and provide newly updated facilities in place of the inadequate buildings and structures that are now mostly well beyond their expected lifespan. Some housing on the site will help fund the renewed community provision, with some of these expected to provide much needed affordable housing for the area.


The Council will now progress a planning application to be submitted for approval in the coming months.


Councillor James Morrish – Lead Member for the Economy and Chairman of Community an Resources Committee said:


“I look forward to seeing the plans for this site progressed to the next stage and I am particularly pleased that we have been able to include a large provision for community and sporting activities. With the inclusion of a housing element, this should make the scheme largely self-financing, which under current budget constraints is a responsible and sustainable approach to delivering the project. It represents another commitment to improving the infrastructure in Westward Ho! on top of the many millions of pounds the Council have already secured and spent in the area.”

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