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New sports facilities for private college set for Lyneham oval

The ACT government is facilitating the construction of a sports pavilion for a private college on Lyneham Neighbourhood Oval.

Plans have been lodged with the ACT Planning and Land Authority for a new two-storey pavilion and a large surface car park for 120 vehicles on the oval in Brigalow Street.

According to documents tendered in the application, the sports facility will be built next to the Brindabella Christian College and will be run by the school.

The college was granted a sub-lease over 11,168 square metres of unirrigated and "informal" open space adjacent to the oval in 2009.

Sports and Recreation Services manages this sublease on behalf of the ACT government.

Sports and Recreation Services director Jenny Priest said the ACT government was not the proponent or developer of the facility but as the custodian of the land it had to endorse the development application.

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She said the college had initiated the proposal and had received Commonwealth funding to build the sports pavilion and car park.

The entire proposed project will fit inside the sub-leased space.

Ms Priest said the department supported the project, as did the Education and Training Directorate.

"This proposed new facility will be a great asset not only for the three schools in the area but also for the local community, and will come at no cost to the territory," she said.

"The new facilities will also be available for hire to the general public outside of school hours, as is the case with a number of other sporting facilities across Canberra."

The college will manage and maintain the facility and when it is not being used by the school, or Lyneham high and primary schools, it can be hired by the public.

The ACT Planning and Land Authority approved a development application last month to facilitate the building of the 120-space car park.

About 115 square metres of unused space from Lyneham Primary School was added to the neighbourhood oval block.

The car park will be constructed on the oval between the two schools along Brigalow Street.

Under the ACT's planning rules, no more than 15 per cent of a designated single open space can be used for a community activity centre or outdoor recreation facility.

Planning documents with the development application show the proposed car park, two outdoor basketball courts, community activity centre and sports pavilion, will fit within this 15 per cent limit.

Proponents say the development will reduce congestion and safety issues experienced in Brigalow Street as the new car park will be available for users of both schools and the new centre.

The new facility will be adjacent to the Leadership and Learning Centre at the college and has been designed by the same architect to complement the award-winning building.

The building won the Master Builders Association of the ACT award for commercial building over $5 million in 2010.

According to ACPLA records, no other development applications have been lodged for the Lyneham Neighbourhood Oval in the past 10 years.

The public notification period for the development application closes on November 19.

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