North Yorkshire sports hub secures planning permission

The village of Sessay in North Yorkshire has been granted planning permission from Hambleton District Council to create a new community hub, sports pavilion and sporting facilities including a second cricket pitch.

Sessay Hub concept view. Image: Supplied
Sessay Hub concept view. Image: Supplied

The project has been the subject of an international competition sponsored by the Homes and Communities Agency and run by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Sutherland Hussey Harris Architects of Edinburgh, with Gross Max Landscape Architects and others won the contract to design the new facility.

Plans include replacing the existing village hall with a new modern building, a second cricket pitch and additional sporting amenities including a multi-use games area. The community hub will sit between the two cricket pitches and include a new bar and café, as well as rooms capable of being used for everything from meetings to fitness classes, drama productions and even weddings.

Chair of the Village Hall and Playing Fields Association, Guy Musgrave said: "With RIBA's guidance and support we have come a long way and are delighted with the project's progress. We were truly amazed and overwhelmed by the interest and quality of the submissions that the Design Competition generated.

"With planning permission secured we feel we now have a clear vision. Ahead of us lies the challenging tasks of developing detailed plans and initiating a fundraising campaign to deliver the Hub Project and ultimately bring the dream of a community facility one step closer. We remain confident we can make it happen."

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