Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee have approved enhancement works at the Melvin Arena in Strabane.
The application approved at this week’s first virtual meeting of the Planning Committee allows for the removal of the existing changing facilities and the construction of a new covered stand to accommodate 200 spectators, changing accommodation, toilets, entrance booths and turnstiles.
Chairman of the Planning Committee, Councillor Chris Jackson, welcomed the approval.
“The completed works at the Melvin Arena will be a significant upgrade for the facility and will crucially allow users such as Sion Swifts and Strabane Athletic to accommodate larger crowds at their games.
“It will complement the existing multi-use sports ground at the site which comprises a natural grass football pitch surrounded by a shale running track and athletics area.
“This was a very detailed application and I would like to congratulate council officers for their work with Gregory Architects to bring it to this key stage.”
Wednesday’s meeting was hosted virtually through Cisco after a new Addendum to the protocol for the committee to allow Virtual Planning Committees was ratified by Full Council on May 28.
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