PLANS for a long-awaited £2m transformation of Neyland Athletic Club look set to be granted permission.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s planning committee meets on Tuesday (December 15) and members are recommended to give the green light to the project.

The Athletic Club is home to many of the town’s sports teams, including the very successful cricket side, rugby and football teams and Neyland Bowls Club.

The application is to demolish the current clubhouse and create a new Community Hub building, parking, cycleway, new rugby pitch floodlighting and four homes.

The building would provide offices, including space for Neyland Town Council, bar and lounge, kitchen, toilet facilities and a sports hall on the ground floor.

At first floor level the building would provide a meeting room/gallery overlooking the sports hall together with meeting room, and balcony area.

The development will mean the rugby pitch being moved 18m to create space for the new building.

The cash for the project is being raised through investment from Neyland Town Council - who will sell its current office in High Street and move into the new building - lottery funding, the Welsh Government, and other sources.

Senior Pembrokeshire County Councillors have already agreed to pump £250,000 into the project to cover a potential shortfall in funding.

It is possible that some county council services could also use the building in future.

The report before members of the planning committee says: “The proposal would result in the redevelopment of an existing community facility with a new purpose built structure better designed to meet the modern day needs of its users, while still providing a variety of community uses.”

The plans have received eight letters of concern, with worries ranging from the scale and visual impact of the building to increase in noise and light pollution.