Regional Performance Centre for Sport Progress Report07/02/17
A proposed new layout for Dundee’s Regional Performance Centre for Sport at Caird Park will be outlined at the city council’s policy and resources committee on Monday (February 13).
The committee will hear that the withdrawal of Dundee FC from the original proposal provides an opportunity to “address the planning issues and to reduce the impacts which are leading to the majority of the objections made”.
Councillors will be told that the alterations will form the basis of an amended planning application, which is expected to be considered by the development management committee in the summer of this year.
An assessment has been carried out on relocating the performance centre facilities to the south end of the Caird Park site, where the Dundee FC training ground was to be located.
The committee will also hear that further public consultation will be undertaken on the amended proposal before the development management committee meets.
The council also intends to seek further screening direction from the Scottish Government as to whether the amended proposal would require an Environmental Impact Assessment.
The committee will also be told that given the nature of the new proposals, the existing tender process has been collapsed and will instead be pursued through the SCAPE Framework. This is a scheme that is already being used to procure the programme of new schools and also costal protection works.
Councillor Ken Guild, policy and resources convener, said: “The football club withdrawing its interest has given us an opportunity to take another look at the site and see if there is another way to lay out the facilities that we want to have there in a more efficient and effective way.
“It will also offer an opportunity to locate the new facilities further away from potentially sensitive areas within the park.
“We are working hard with our partners in sportscotland to provide a top-class facility that can be open for both performance and community use and will be an exciting addition to the city’s superb range of sporting facilities.”
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