A community centre used by children and disabled people from across the county has won an £85,000 cash boost.
The grant given to High Green Development Trust, based at Paces Campus on Pack Horse Lane in High Green, will be used to help create improved and new facilities including a nursery, an outdoor playground and a refurbished sports hall. Funds were awarded from the Government’s £26 million community assets and services grant programme.
Architects are also designing new accommodation which will help disabled people who use the five-acre campus to live more independently.
Trust manager Jackie Hall said: “The feasibility grant has enabled us to take the vital next steps to transform the site, so it can benefit more people.
“The service we provide for disabled adults is rare in this region, so people travel from as far as Hull.
“At the moment, parents have to stay for the whole day to take their children back home, but extra accommodation facilities will mean they won’t have to.
“The business model for the trust’s development of the Paces Campus is innovative and bold. It draws on a vision for the delivery of public services in the community in partnership with local people in High Green and Chapeltown.”
A pre-planning application will be submitted for the improvements in September.
The developments were made possible through new community rights laws, introduced by the Government last year to give communities new powers to transfer ownership and management of local properties and services from the state.
Caroline Forster, of the Social Investment Business Group, which manages some of the community assets and services grant programme funds, said: “Communities can now have a real say in what happens in their local area – whether it be about what happens to local amenities, how local services are delivered, or how new development is planned.”
The SIB Group has awarded more than £400,000 to Yorkshire communities to transform schools, cinemas, children’s centres and more.