Regional Performance Centre for Sport in Dundee set for approval
Dundee City Council’s development management committee meets on Monday to decide the fate of the project.
Earmarked for a site at the city’s Caird Park, the centre will provide training and competition facilities for sports clubs and provide a new training base for Dundee FC.
The site, which already caters for football, athletics and cycling, will see these facilities improved drastically along with incorporating other sports such as rugby, basketball, badminton and cricket.
A campaign group, Care for Caird, was set up to oppose the plans and it received backing from The Woodland Trust, which objected to the proposed removal of 71 trees to make way for the centre.
A report to go before councillors states that the proposal satisfies the requirements of the local development plan and adds that there are no material considerations that would justify refusal of planning permission.
The application is recommended for approval subject to 41 planning conditions including that one of the new pitches will be surfaced with a synthetic pitch designed and constructed by a recognised specialist pitch contractor. A new grass pitch will also have to be designed by a specialist contractor.