EYE-catching plans for facilities in a Burton parish could give youngsters a grounding in sport, a parish leader has said.
Branston Parish Council chairman, Mike Ackroyd, made the comments about plans from developer St Modwen, which could go on land between Clays Lane and Maple Way.
The plans have been a bone of contention for some residents who have raised fears at heated parish council meetings that the site could become a hotspot for antisocial behaviour.
But Mr Ackroyd (pictured) said: “I think it would be nice to give the young a start in sport, whatever that may be, and let them develop from there, that’s my personal thought.”
The facilities are part of outline plans from St Modwens to build 660 homes on land south of the parish.
A letter from the developer delivered to Branston households invited residents to a public consultation on the plans.
These include a single-storey pavilion with changing facilities and community room, an under-5s play area, a marked-out football pitch and on-site parking.
Mr Ackroyd added: “As it stands, we have got two changing facilities and showers, one lot at each end, so it’s quite a multi-functional type of pavilion.
“So personally, I’m quite optimistic.”
Planning chiefs from East Staffordshire Borough Council will have the final say on whether or not the facilities are built.
In the letter from St Modwen, its senior development manager Ian Romano said they would provide a boost for the area.
He said: “With no changing facilities currently available anywhere in Branston, the proposals will deliver a suite of improvements which could not otherwise be provided.
“If you have any suggestions on how the proposals and detailed design could be improved then we would welcome your input.”
Members of the public can have their say on the plans when they go on view at the Scouts Hut, in Main Street, Branston, between 4pm and 8pm on Wednesday, May 14.