NEW detailed plans have been revealed for a sports complex at Skelmanthorpe.
The complex, which will be known as the Denby Dale Sports and Leisure Centre, is to be built on 21 acres of land off Station Road.
The land is being leased from Kirklees Council, along with an 800sq metre site leased from Sunnybutton Ltd.
It will feature four full-size sports pitches, with one in an amphitheatre-style enclosure which will be used for both sports and leisure events, such as concerts and plays.
There will also be tennis courts, a climbing wall, an equestrian menage, a running track, dirt bike and BMX courses, cycle paths, nature trails and an adventure playground.
Schools will use the nature trails for study and activities such as orienteering.
There will be a three-storey community centre, offering changing rooms and showers, meeting rooms, a gymnasium and a rehabilitation centre for people recovering from accidents.
The building will also feature a crèche, coffee shop and a bar on match days.
There will be a third-floor viewing balcony looking over the amphitheatre.
Skelmanthorpe-based Parkgate Sports and Community Trust Ltd has been working on the project for the last 18 months, along with consultants Kavanagh Knight and Page.
Trust chairman Christopher Ward said: “Though it has been very hard work over the last few years we are beginning to see the fruits of our labours.
“We are delighted at the support we are receiving from all over the Denby Dale area.’’
Denby Dale Countryside Officer Andy Wickham, Kirklees Council biodiversity coordinator Jeff Keenlyside and Shelley College Environmental Club will be working with the trust on the project.
They will plan the planting of trees, bushes and plants and will advise on the design of paths, bike tracks and bridleways. There are also plans to introduce new wildlife, such as dormice, to the area.
There will be an environmental study unit attached to the community centre, to be used by schools in the area.
The next step in the project is about to be taken by consultants Kavanagh Knight and Page, who are about to make bids for the main project finance.
The trustees are also seeking money needed for the main civil engineering and building work, which is expected to start by next spring
It is hoped that at least two of the sports pitches will be in operation by September next year.
The final cost of the scheme is not yet known.