Dundee FC withdraws interest in £21m city sports hub

Dundee Regional Performance Centre for Sport2Amended plans are to be submitted for Dundee’s £21 million Regional Performance Centre for Sport after Dundee Football Club announced it was to withdraw its interest in the planned scheme.

The new centre was to have provided training facilities for the club as well as being a training and competition venue for other sports.

The club said it was now working with Dundee City Council to find an alternative location.

An official planning application for the centre was submitted in July and councillors were due to decide on the application in November but the proposal was withdrawn from the committee agenda because of a last-minute legal objection.

An amended planning application for the sport centre is likely to be submitted early next year.

Ken Guild, leader of Dundee City Council, said: “When the original planning application was lodged in July the centre was going to provide facilities for Dundee FC as well as a training and competition venue for regional squads across a wide but defined range of sports.

“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.

“That means that an amended planning application will be submitted once that process is complete and we have a detailed site plan to consider.

“The eastern end of Caird Park is still an ideal location for this impressive centre where it will integrate with the existing athletics stadium and velodrome.

“Council officers will now be 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.

“I am keen that as many people as possible benefit from the centre.”

Dundee FC managing director John Nelms said: “The club maintains a good relationship with the council and we continue to work alongside them in relation to an alternative location for the club facility.”

Sports including badminton, basketball, netball, rugby and volleyball will be provided for in the new building while athletics, golf and track cycling will be part of the wider campus.

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