Developer offers community benefit at Rolle sports pitches

PUBLISHED: 13:58 28 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:58 28 January 2016

Image of Blue Cedar Homes' proposal for the former Rolle College playing fields. The plans subject to change following public consultation.

Image of Blue Cedar Homes' proposal for the former Rolle College playing fields. The plans subject to change following public consultation.

Blue Cedar Homes 2016

Community sport could return to the former Rolle College playing fields under proposals by a developer.

Blue Cedar Homes says the disused pitches off Douglas Avenue could be brought back into service - and also upgraded with facilities including new changing rooms - through a plan which would also see what it describes as ‘a small development’ of 22 homes built ‘on one part of the site’.

The plans, which the developer says would cost ‘hundreds of thousands of pounds’, include a full-sized 100 metres by 64 metres pitch, a 91 metres by 55 metres youth pitch suitable for under-15s and under-16s squads, a mini-soccer pitch suitable for under-7s and under-8s, as well as technical areas, changing facilities and areas for spectators. In addition, extra space for other sports – possibly bowls or tennis – is also proposed.

Blue Cedar Homes’ Andrew Rowe said: “Our model is to provide small and friendly bespoke developments, exclusively for over-55s, so rather than propose a larger development on this large site, we would like the neighbouring land to go to the wider community, providing people of all ages in Exmouth with high-quality sport pitches and changing facilities.”

The proposal has engaged the interest of Exmouth United FC, which previously played at the site, and has more than 100 players under the age of 16.

Club chairman Andrew Guy said: “We are very interested in pursuing this opportunity with Blue Cedar Homes. A return to Rolle would enable us to have a permanent base at last. Having guaranteed use of both a full-size and intermediate-size pitch would hugely benefit the long-term future of our club.”

Blue Cedar Homes is holding a public exhibition about its plans at the Devoncourt in Douglas Avenue on Wednesday, February 10, between 1pm and 7pm. Mr Rowe added: “Only after considering all the suggestions and issues raised would we then submit a planning application.”


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