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PREVIOUSLY refused plans for a multi-purpose air dome at South Craven School have been re-submitted this month.

The school aims to locate the facility on land to the east of its sports hall, which is currently occupied by tennis courts. It says the extra floor space created would enable the school to enhance its sports provision.

Last August, an earlier application for the dome was rejected by Craven District Council planning officers. They agreed that while the structure would bring benefits to the school, it would also harm neighbouring amenities.

Residents concerned about the proposals had voiced fears over visual impact on the landscape, noise and light pollution, loss of trees, and potential flood risk issues.

Earlier this year, a spokesman for South Craven said the air dome would provide space for a selection of pitches – three tennis courts or two five a-side football pitches or two netball courts.

The air dome will be made of a highly resilient fabric, which is light, strong, easily repairable, and fire proof.

The statement accompanying the latest application for the facility explains that the closest homes to the dome would be in Clayton Hall Road, about 29 metres away.