Council plans to clear the way for new sports hub in Cromer

The district council is proposing to purchase the former golf practice ground on Overstrand Road in

The district council is proposing to purchase the former golf practice ground on Overstrand Road in Cromer as the new home of Cromer Football Club. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

An ambitious plan to create a new community sports hub in Cromer could be set move forward with a bid to buy a former golf practice ground on the edge of the town.

North Norfolk District Council leaders are set to consider the compulsory purchase of the site on Overstrand Road at a meeting on Monday.

Powerful cabinet members have been recommended to approve the purchase of the site, which would provide a base for Cromer Town and Cromer Youth football clubs.

The council announced a potential deal last week allowing the Cromer Town to remain at its Cabbell Park base for a further three years while the new sports facility is built – even if plans for a new £3.5m medical centre on its home ground are approved.

Now a report prepared for the cabinet makes clear that action is needed fast track the plans for the sports ground.

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It recommends earmarking £50,000 to prepare a planning application in support of the purchase of the site.

A survey carried out last year showed significant local support for basing the sports centre at the 15 acre site according to the authority.

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Corporate director Steve Blatch said: 'The council's intention has always been very clear and there is a demonstrated public preference for the Overstrand Road site to be used as a new sporting facility.'

The sports ground would include up to six pitches a clubhouse, changing room and car park.

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