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A multi-million-pound activity village is due to introduce more cycling facilities and close its tennis courts.

Newark and Sherwood District Council is expected to approve an application relating to the YMCA Community and Activity Village, which covers almost ten hectares of land in Newark.

The village, based on Lord Hawke Way off Bowbridge Road in Newark, includes 3G football pitches, an athletics track and multi-use courts which have been open for around a year.

Part of the YMCA site in Newark due to be finished later this year. (56449476)
Part of the YMCA site in Newark due to be finished later this year. (56449476)

Later in 2022, the YMCA says there will be well-being, education, training, hospitality and childcare facilities on the site.

The latest plans, submitted in April 2022, are an amendment to an approved 2017 application for the site.

The amendments include removing the tennis courts, reducing the number of carparking spaces from 157 to 155, and changing the cycling facility.

Further state-of-the-art facilities will be added to the YMCA Community and Activity Village. (45453948)
Further state-of-the-art facilities will be added to the YMCA Community and Activity Village. (45453948)

This will be altered from a training circuit to a mixed programme offering a community trail, learn to ride and a pump track facility for BMX and balance bikes.

The rationale behind the loss of the tennis courts is down to it being the 'least popular of the activities' at the site accounting for just 7% of the bookings compared to other courts.

Newark and Sherwood District Council papers say the loss of tennis facilities was regrettable but not fatal to the scheme moving forwards.

Further state-of-the-art facilities will be added to the YMCA Community and Activity Village. (45453887)
Further state-of-the-art facilities will be added to the YMCA Community and Activity Village. (45453887)

Council documents state: “It is noted that it would not be sensible to include tennis courts on this site given that they would compete with existing facilities.

“It is also acknowledged that the currently proposed cycle facilities are a more informal and community-focused approach which would support the development of cycling skills.”

Council officers say the amendments are marginal in the grand scheme of the site and the cycle facilities would also have a discrete positioning and would not have notable character or landscape impacts.

Further state-of-the-art facilities will be added to the YMCA Community and Activity Village. (45453881)
Further state-of-the-art facilities will be added to the YMCA Community and Activity Village. (45453881)

A total of 57 properties were consulted on the plans and some residents sent in feedback, raising concerns over wildlife, light pollution and noise.

Some residents said local wildlife had already been displaced by the current build of the site and that any further construction would increase light pollution.

Others said they would prefer the tennis courts were retained.

Councillors are recommended to approve the application during a planning meeting on May 10.

  • Pre-registration has opened for the children’s nursery due to open at YMCA Newark and Sherwood this summer.

YMCA Nursery At The Village will cater for 92 children, from three months to five years, in six age-appropriate early years rooms.

Catherine Shotton, assistant operations manager for early years and childcare at YMCA Newark and Sherwood, said: “The YMCA ethos is centred around offering children and young people a place to belong, contribute and thrive and the nursery will be the starting point in a child’s journey to building fundamental skills and values that will set them up for life.”



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