EXETER could soon have a new sports hub with plans unveiled which will see a city social club demolished.
Exeter College is planning to build a new sports pavilion on the site of the former Civil Service Sports and Social Club in Ennerdale Way, off Exwick Road.
While the existing tennis, cricket and football pitches would be maintained, the current social club building would be demolished and replaced with a single-storey pavilion containing two classrooms as well as a sports science and therapy treatment room.
There would also be six changing rooms and changing space for match officials.
A planning application for the changes has been lodged with the city council.
A spokesman for the city council said: "We are in liaison with Exeter College on their future accommodation needs. We made them aware that the Civil Service Club site might become available because of the desire of the club to hand back their lease."
A spokeswoman for Exeter College said: "Exeter College is working in partnership with Exeter City Council and local sports clubs in the Exwick area to create a sports hub for the college and the community.
"The plan will include creating a new sports pavilion with six changing rooms which will ensure students and the sports community will continue to have access to high-quality sports facilities in the Exwick area.
"The partnership includes the local cricket, football and tennis clubs respectively."
Rob Bosworth, assistant principal at the college, said: "Just as we have done with the pioneering partnership at Haven Banks, this approach maximises participation in sport and physical activity for Exeter College without compromising the use of the facilities for wider community sports participation."
Rob Hannaford, county councillor for Exwick, said: "I welcome these plans to keep the former civil service club open for recreational and sports purposes rather than being redeveloped.
"However, it's also essential these facilities are kept open to the public at agreed times, so that this site also remains a community hub in Exwick.
"In recent years I have used some of my delegated budgets to help improve some of the activities, such as supporting the community tennis work for local children and new flood lights to help extend the use of the outside areas.
"Looking to the future I would also like to back initiatives which could allow our youth workers and police teams to get local young people doing sport on the campus in partnership with the college."