THE development of a new £1.6m all-weather pitch in Thirsk, is now underway as part of the next phase of Sowerby’s sports village.

The sports site is linked to the Sowerby Gateway development of 1,000 new homes, extra-care housing and retail properties, and already features allotment gardens, grass football pitches and a 1km running track along with an access road and two car parks.

The full size all-weather 3G pitch, is being developed on the western side of the site and will include changing facilities, additional car parking and further landscape improvements.

It is being funded with £512,000 from the Football Foundation, housing developer contributions of £755,000 and £340,000 from Hambleton District Council.

“It’s great to see this work get started and with it, the promise of even more high-quality sports facilities to look forward to in the Hambleton district,” said council leader Councillor Mark Robson.