Impressive new sports complex planned for two Sunderland schools

Plans for a major sports complex at a city academy have been lodged with Sunderland City Council.

Thursday, 15th August 2019, 16:44 pm
Caption: Thornhill Academy, Sunderland. Picture: Google

In recent weeks, proposals were submitted to revamp an existing gravel sports pitch at Thornhill Academy.

If approved, a new multi-use artificial pitch will be built in its place offering a range of facilities for pupils.

This includes football and hockey uses and sub-divisions for three five-a-side football pitches.

The planned development also includes a 100-metre running track, long jump track and sand pit and separate courts for tennis, basketball and netball.

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Thornhill Academy pupils are set to share the sports complex with Argyle House School.

According to planning documents, the plans aim to give a new lease of life to the largely “redundant” site.

A design and access statement, submitted on behalf of the applicant Argyle House School, adds the current site is in a “poor state of repair”.

This includes issues around uneven ground and poor drainage on the gravel pitch.

Access to the proposed complex will be taken via existing bridges over a stream running across Thornhill Academy’s northern border.

A new changing block with showers, toilets and storage will also be provided alongside ‘anti-climb fencing.’

In a statement submitted to the council, applicants have stressed no floodlighting is proposed for the pitches and court – with use restricted to daylight hours only.

City planners are expected to make a final decision on the plans by early October following a round of public consultation.

Comments can be made in writing to the council until Wednesday, September 4.

If approved, the complex will be the latest in a strong of new sports facilities taking shape in Sunderland.

Work is underway three multi-million pound sports hubs across the city.

Washington will be completed by October and will include extensive changing facilities, a social club and 326 parking spaces. Work on all three sites is due for completion by the end of 2019.