Derby

Planning row delays sports disability centre

Swanwick Sports College
Image caption The college is one of 10 special disability sports centre in the UK

A disability sports college in Derbyshire has had to stop building an all-weather pitch because it has not addressed planning conditions.

Work was stopped at Swanwick Sports College after residents raised questions about drainage and traffic.

Derbyshire County Council said all pre-start planning conditions must be met before works can be resumed.

The school has won a £100,000 grant to build a centre of excellence for disabled sports.

Head teacher Keith McKenzie said it is paying £5,000 a week to cover contractors' losses and faces being stripped of its special status.

"It was a dream - it took three years effort to get sports college status and with that we got the grant from the government and a mandate to build a Derbyshire centre for disability sport.

"That is now is jeopardy and we are due for re-designation. We are in year two of a three year plan and we haven't met our target because this has been delayed."

The parish council said it was now trying to seek a solution which would meet the needs of all parties.

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