PLANS have been formally lodged with North Ayrshire Council (NAC) to upgrade Irvine’s tennis courts and construct a new clubhouse.
The Time revealed earlier this year that Irvine Tennis Club hoped to renovate the facilities on Thornhouse Avenue by removing the current blaes surface and replacing it with state-of-the-art artificial turf that required less maintenance.
Club spokesman Chris McKenna said the project would cost around £170,000, with an expected completion date of summer 2023.
A building permit application has now been submitted to the NAC and includes proposals to install eight-metre-high floodlights, as well as “a modest pavilion”.
A design statement accompanying the application stated: “[Irvine Tennis Community Group] seek to advance the modernization and improvement of this vastly underutilized tennis facility through the implementation of a sustainable sports business model.
“The model will result in both public accessibility and club membership options.
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“To generate lasting interest, facilities must meet modern expectations, provide associated facilities and be able to be used throughout the year.
“The introduction of high-intensity surface finishes, along with floodlighting, ensures extended playability.
“The delivery of a clubhouse provides the necessary sanitary facilities and a place to meet and refresh.
“The development proposals are a very positive step towards providing the opportunity for improved healthy living and community engagement.”
There are currently no floodlights on site, limiting use to daylight hours only, with applicants saying the introduction of floodlighting is ‘key to balancing the facility’s business plan’ .
Currently there are three full size courts and one junior size singles court on site, however these do not meet Lawn Tennis Association requirements, with three new full size conforming courts proposed to be created, as well as two ‘court rouge’ (reduced size).
The tennis club’s offer to take over the courts as part of a community asset transfer was approved by the council cabinet in June, with the planning application confirming the deal is ‘close to completion’ concluded”.
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