THE home of North rugby club could be redeveloped for offices, high-tech laboratories or studios, according to a new report.

Scarborough Rugby Club, North Yorkshire, is seeking to move from its headquarters of 80 years in Scalby Road, Newby, to create a complex of pitches and club buildings north of the resort. It wants to sell its ground to fund the scheme.

Now, Scarborough Borough Council's development and regulation committee has approved a planning brief for what head of planning services Gordon Somerville describes as "a prominent and prestigious site".

He said leisure and recreational uses such as gymnasium or sport facilities, or a health facility could be built on the site, but housing should only be allowed on ten per cent of the area.

Retailing has been ruled out, said Mr Somerville. "The site is a very attractive location for office development."