A new bid has been launched to bring a trampoline park to Dundee — replacing part of a five-a-side football facility.
Last month, the council knocked back £2 million plans by Ryze to open a facility in an industrial unit at Claverhouse Industrial Estate, claiming it wasn’t in line with planning policies.
However, the company has already lodged new proposals with the local authority, this time to move to the Soccerworld building in Old Glamis Road.
Ryze wants to convert the four football pitches at the centre — which is next to the Dick McTaggart Gymnastics Centre — into an indoor trampoline venue, along with a new cafe facility.
Soccerworld currently has eight pitches, and it’s planned to keep these while replacing the other four with the new attraction.
A planning statement submitted to the council said: “Discussions have been held between the owner of the facility and the local authority about the reduction of football pitches.
“The proposals were viewed by the local authority as not impacting the council pitch strategy as currently the pitches at Soccerworld do not form any part of this.
“Currently, at the time of preparing this statement, there are no trampoline parks within the Dundee or wider Tayside area.
“The closest such facility is either to the south in Edinburgh or to the north near Inverurie. The proposal would help satisfy the demand for such a facility, while also helping to reinvigorate an existing sporting facility and will also provide facilities to allow for an increased uptake in a starter facility to potentially allow local kids/adults the opportunity to find a passion for this Olympic sport. The potential within these proposals has also received backing from sportscotland.”
The facility would be open from 9.30am-9.30pm seven days a week.
Ryze already operates more than 25 similar facilities across the world including in continental Europe, America and Asia.
The statement said the plans would help secure the long-term viability of the existing football centre, adding: “It has been identified throughout this statement that this proposal offers the city a recreational facility it does not have.”