Plans for a £15 million North-east community sports hub could be approved next week.
The management trust of Garioch Sports Centre (GSC) in Inverurie has submitted the proposals for the major refurbishment to Aberdeenshire Council through the town’s community council.
If given the green light, an all-weather stadium would become the new home of Highland League side Inverurie Locos.
Judy Murray, coach and mother of Grand Slam winner and Scottish tennis superstar Andy Murray, has been advising the management trust about the expansion. The centre would include a three-court tennis area – one of only 15 such facilities in the whole of Scotland.
The facility, which would replace the current one on Burghmuir Drive, also features a bigger gymnasium and dedicated fitness rooms.
An extension would also be built especially for children and featuring education and childcare facilities for up to 40 youngsters.
Garioch area committee is set to discuss the plans next week at a meeting with councillors.
The development has been recommended for a delegated grant.
This means the decision to approve the plans would be transferred to the planning department after conditions for the development are discussed with the applicants.
In a report to councillors, Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services at Aberdeenshire Council, said there was “no material considerations to indicate that permission should be refused”.
He said: “The redevelopment of the Garioch Sports Centre has been an aspiration that has been under consideration for a number of years.
“It has also been the subject of considerable debate, engagement with the Planning Service and the subject of at least two formal public events prior to submission of the application.
“The resulting scheme is an attractive and contemporary development befitting a facility which aims to be one of the biggest amenities in Scotland, the home of Loco Works FC and a complementary facility to other projects in Inverurie, such as the new Inverurie Campus and gymnastics clubs.”
The trust said the project will cost up to £15m and be developed in phases.
It is hoping to get the support of various funding bodies to help meet the cost of the expansion of the centre.
Some of the cash has already been raised by the sale of Inverurie Locos’ Harlaw Park.