New pavilion passed by the planners

Artist's impression of the new pavilion

Members of Olicanian Cricket Club are celebrating after planning permission for a new pavilion was granted, nine months after the club first submitted an application.

The Ilkley-based club whose pavilion was destroyed in an arson attack just over a year ago submitted plans for a replacement in January but the fact that its Denton Road base lies in the River Wharfe’s recently expanded flood risk zone delayed the planning progress.

Chairman David House said: “It’s been a long time coming but we’re delighted to receive planning consent. It’s a huge step forward. We’ve had to modify the plans to accommodate the requirements of the Environment Agency. Our ground has been flooded a few times in recent years and whilst the floodwaters never reached our former pavilion, the plans for its replacement had to take into account how climate change may affect us in the future.

“The Environment Agency has now signed off our modifications and the planners, who have been very supportive, have now passed the proposal,” he said. The new pavilion will look modern, light and airy. The lounge and bar area will be able to accommodate up to 90 diners and will be available for use by non-cricket organisations for dinners and other celebrations. The footprint of the building will be slightly larger than its predecess