News: 8 July 2016Football club’s regeneration scheme given green light

Barton Willmore has secured a resolution to grant planning permission for Vauxhall Motors Football Club to significantly improve facilities and build more than 50 affordable homes on land within the Green Belt saving the club from closure.

Located approximately 3km to the south of Ellesmere Port on unused brownfield land within the Green Belt, the plans for the recreational facilities include  a replacement clubhouse with a  multifunctional sports pavilion providing a café, event and flexible training spaces, a , new external 3G sports pitch, refurbishment and relocation of existing artificial grass. The facility will support over 40,000 visits per year by children thereby contributing to the promotion of sport and healthy communities. Whilst the development of 20 flats 36 a houses, all affordable, will provide much needed homes for local residents.

Manchester Partner Dan Mitchell comments: “The redevelopment of the club is a huge benefit to the local community. Not only will the new and improved facilities provide a unique safe, sporting and educational venue for the entire community to reap the benefits of, both through use and also employment, the high quality affordable homes will contribute to local housing need. We are delighted that the plans have been backed by Everton in the Community, Vauxhall Motors, Cammell Laird Football Club and several current and former MPs which puts the important project in good stead for approval.”

 

The application provided evidence that the loss-making VMSCC would close if the proposed programme of development did not happen, incorporated measures to make for a more sustainable scheme, and made a stronger case that the project amounts to very special circumstances that outweigh any harm to the Green Belt.

A full planning application submitted by Barton Willmore on behalf of Vauxhall Motors Sports & Social Club (VMSSC), which is behind Vauxhall Motors FC, has been approved by Cheshire West & Chester Council's planning committee.

Designs by John McCall Architects.

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