PLANS to build a pavilion for footballers have sparked concerns over an increased level of anti-social behaviour.

A new pavilion on Swalegate playing field in Richmond would provide changing and storage facilities for training and matches.

The application was submitted by chair of the football club chair Jon Rutherford.

However, residents have aired concerns over the “potential increase in anti-social behaviour, risk of crime, noise and litter”.

These views are shared by the police, who suggest CCTV and lighting should be installed.

An architectural liaison officer said: “The pavilion has the potential to become a gathering place for young people which may result in complaints of anti-social behaviour.

“With lack of natural surveillance, the fitting of security lighting is unlikely on its own to deter criminal or anti-social behaviour.”

The force proposes secure cycle storage, and states that the seating should be stored away securely when it is not in use to reduce the chance of it becoming a gathering place.

The pavilion would measure 13.5m long by 5.4m deep, with a small veranda across the front and a lean-to store on the side.

The plans also include an extension to the existing car park for 14 spaces.

The applicant said: “We will look into sourcing some ‘No Parking’ boards and we will also look to appoint some parking stewards on match days to ensure no one parks on the estate.”

Richmondshire District Council’s planning committee will discuss the plans on Tuesday.