Football club’s £100,000 car park plan set to be rejected

Wrekenton Nou Camp Youth Football Club, off Springwell Road.
Wrekenton Nou Camp Youth Football Club, off Springwell Road.
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PLANS to create a £100,000 car park at a children’s football club in Washington could be scrapped.

Members of Sunderland City Council’s Hetton, Houghton and Washington planning committee will consider the application, submitted by Wrekenton Nou Camp Youth Football Club, on Wednesday.

The five-year-old club has about 300 junior members based at its Campground in Springwell Village.

The club plays in the Russell Foster Youth League, runs 20 teams and also has more than 200 adult members.

Club bosses applied for planning permission to turn part of an existing grassed area used for parking into an asphalt concrete-surfaced car park.

They say its current state is unsuitable for the 400 cars that regularly arrive to bring children to games or training. However, planning officers have recommended that the committee refuse the application, claiming it would result in “unacceptable overlooking and invasion of privacy” for residents of nearby Lakeside Gardens.

Further reasons for refusal state the information submitted relating to the management and protection of the ecology, biodiversity and wildlife both during construction and operation is inadequate.

A bat survey has not been undertaken as required either.

Lisa Wild is among those objecting to the plans on behalf of the Swinburn family, of neighbouring Low Mount Farm.

She wrote: “I’m rather alarmed that the above applicant is now planning to drain their surface water into a soakaway drainage system. As Low Mount Farm is around two metres below the Campground playing fields, I cannot see how they think this will work.

“The field in question is currently sown with wheat for human consumption.

“Flooding damages the crop and affects both the growth rate and the yield.”