Councilors will consider a £40,000 masterplan for the Sandylands site in Skipton

A LONG-term ‘dynamic master plan’ for Skipton’s Sandylands site is being considered by Craven’s advisers.

The plan, which will cost the council £40,000, will aim to work with the various organisations, including Skipton Rugby Club and Sandylands Sports Centre, to develop a “whole venue approach” and framework for any future growth and development.

The Sandylands site was established in 1947 by the Coulthurst Trust with the land protected by a number of covenants to be used for the purposes of ‘rugby, cricket and other allied sports’.

In a report to Craven District Council’s Policy Committee later today (Tuesday), Chief Executive Paul Shevlin says several of the organizations work together on the Sandylands Sports Center Management Committee, but the group focuses solely on the management and development of the sports center.

The report states: “(The group) does not represent all stakeholders at the site, nor does it exercise strategic oversight of the site as a whole.

“The complex arrangements in place with multiple landowners, stakeholders, buildings and operating clubs made it difficult to develop a holistic approach to the site. Having an independent organization working on behalf of the council to develop an overall master plan in conjunction with all stakeholders would be invaluable and beneficial to all.

“Given that North Yorkshire County Council owns some of the grass pitches on the site, this means the exercise would be very beneficial before the new North Yorkshire Council is formed.”

The master plan would state that the council puts the site and its stakeholders in a “stronger position” for any future opportunities, such as funding offers and the allocation of funds from Section 106 – developer contributions for community infrastructure. and social.

All of Sandylands is designated open space in the Craven Local Plan. It is used by schools and sports clubs as well as ‘pay and play’ users and is identified as ‘essential’ to providing recreational opportunities for residents of Skipton and area.