CRICKETERS have been given permission to replace their arson-hit pavilion in Bognor Regis.
The Aldwick Cricket Club members received the good news from Arun District Council.
They had applied for the replacement building before their previous one was wrecked by an arsonist a month ago.
Their online appeal for £10,000 to help the club continue had raised more than £7,829 by Wednesday from 136 supporters with five days to go.
Arun planning officer Simon Davis said the pavilion in the south west corner of playing fields at Brooks Lane would have two changing rooms, a kitchen and a raised veranda.
“The previous facilities supported the use of the adjacent playing field and it is considered that their replacement will be beneficial to the use of the playing fields by local people,” he says in his report.
“The building would appear as a pavilion and is not of an unexpected design for a sportsfield location. It is of an improved design to the previous version.”
The pavilion will measure 12.5m X 4.6m with a height of 3.2m.
As part of the permission, Mr Davis has said the pavilion’s floor levels need to be built at least 1.95m above mean sea level because of the risk of flooding.
The council also wants to approve all materials and finishes for external walls and roof before building work starts above ground.