Newark Sports Association submits application to secure Newark Flowserve Sports & Social Club’s status as an asset of community value
An attempt is being made to have the home of one of the district’s most successful clubs of recent years protected from development.
The Newark Sports Association (NSA) has submitted an application to district council to secure Newark Flowserve Sports & Social Club’s status as an asset of community value.
Should the application prove to be successful, it would mean the land would receive additional protection from development plans under the Localism Act 2011.
It would also mean there would be a statutory obligation to ensure that the community has the opportunity to buy the land, should it be put up for sale.
It comes after Newark Flowserve Sports & Social Club, which leases the Lowfields site at Balderton on behalf of numerous sports clubs, including Newark FC, was handed a section 25 notice under the Landlord and Tenants Act, by its landowner.
The sports and social club was given until May 15 to agree a new lease with owner C. B Collier NK Limited, or face eviction.
The NSA has since revealed it submitted an application for the playing field facilities to become an Asset of Community Value (ACV) in December.
Francis Towndrow, trustee of the NSA, said: “Over recent years we have sadly witnessed the loss of several irreplaceable local green spaces and playing fields.
“This pandemic has really emphasised the importance of having such spaces.
“The whole purpose is to try to protect that facility for future use for the local community and we are willing to work with anyone who is willing to assist us in our efforts.
“A few years ago, the Balderton Working Man’s Club was successfully registered as an ACV.
“We believe that the Flowserve facility that offers both social and sporting opportunities is of even greater value to the local community.
“We hope that our efforts to secure this ACV will encourage other charities and community led organisations to nominate community assets as asses of community value.”
Gary Clarke, chairman of Newark FC, welcomed the news.
He said: “It isn’t guaranteeing the longevity of the facility but it does provide some protection so it definitely is a boost.
“From our perspective, we want to establish a lease for the property so we can continue to play from there.
“That is ultimately the goal.
“I spoke to the landowner on Monday and, again, I expressed our desire.
“We are looking at everything we can do to put that in place.”
Towndrow said a decision was likely to be made in the coming days.