A plan has been submitted to open a £67.5m events arena that would host 5,000 people in Redcar, North Yorkshire.
The new arena, which could be ready to open in 2024, would host an all-year programme of entertainment, sporting, conference, exhibition and social events.
It has been described by developers as a “major catalyst” for the regeneration of the area and would sit on the former Redcar Bowl site which has stood empty for the past seven years.
The 95-page report, submitted by developers Coatham Arena Limited to Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, has also been sent to councillors and both local MP’s.
The plan addresses all site, technical, operational and financial issues and references other arena buildings in the UK and overseas.
Multi-disciplinary consultants, the Mott Macdonald Group, and specialist management advisors, Destination Developments, have produced the interior design, which is described as providing flexibility capable of offering various capacities for different types of events.
The plan also considers environmental, transport and accessibility concerns, servicing arrangements and how the project meets national, regional and local policy requirements. A build programme is included together with project costs, financing and management details.
MP Jacob Young said: “This potential project looks like a great concept and there’s no denying it would bring a huge number of visitors to the town….it would undoubtedly be a fantastic addition to the whole area.”
A formal planning application will be made when Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council confirms plans to make the site available.