New youth club at Stamshaw Adventure Playground is approved

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A new youth club is coming to Portsmouth after plans for a new facility at Stamshaw Adventure Playground were given to green light.

Portsmouth City Council’s plans for a new youth facility were approved by its planning committee meeting – providing a boost to the 3,600 sqm park which is already home to an adventure playground, outdoor gym, tennis courts, paddling pool and skatepark. The new youth club will comprise a “multi-purpose space” fit with a kitchen, offices, toilets, a plant room and a hang-out space at the Stamshaw Park site.

It will serve as a hub for a range of age-appropriate activities offering programs for ages 11 to 18, and up to 24 for individuals with additional needs, as well as career and employment support services tailored to young people aged 14 to 24. The youth club for older children will operate separately from the activities offered for younger children on the premises and both age groups will have their own schedules to ensure they are kept apart.

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The project is majority-funded by BAE Systems and partly funded by Portsmouth City Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy in a partnership which emphasises delivering career and employment support services alongside youth provision. Portsmouth City Council’s careers and progression service will primarily deliver these services, although BAE has expressed interest in contributing science, technology, engineering and maths sessions and career outreach programs within the space.

Other providers interested in offering careers/education support or youth activities during evenings and weekends will be considered to maximise the benefits for the local community. The grant agreement with BAE specifies that the building belongs solely to the council, with no provision for BAE to use the space except for displaying promotional career materials.

Following a public consultation event held on November 30, 2023, where community members had the opportunity to voice their opinions, it was revealed that the majority of attendees expressed support for the project. Out of the 15 respondents, 93 per cent endorsed the proposals.