Long-running plans to build a new football stadium and a series of pitches on the Derbyshire-Leicestershire border could finally go ahead.
Gresley Rovers FC have been planning to move from their current home at Moat Ground to vacant land off Bridge Street between Church Gresley and Albert Village for years.
The club, through Gresley Developments Limited, have now submitted updated plans to South Derbyshire District Council.
He wants to build a full-size all-weather football pitch with six five-a-side 3G pitches, a two-storey main stand for spectators and a smaller stand, a two-storey complex of function rooms, changing rooms and a two-club boxing and gym upstairs.
A total of eight 15-metre-high floodlights would be built around the main pitch, with 24 eight-metre-high floodlights for the surrounding grounds and 35 eight-metre-high floodlights for the car parks – which would have room for 301 cars, 15 spaces for disabled drivers and two coaches.
A decision will be made by the borough council in the coming months.
Gresley Rovers FC reverted to their original name in 2020, having completely collapsed in 2009 due to financial difficulties and rebounding, initially as Gresley FC. During this period of financial difficulties, he also fell many levels in the levels of English football.
The club was originally founded in 1882 – two years before Derby County – and started playing at Mushroom Lane in Albert Village.
The club now sit second in the Uhlsport United Counties League, Premier Division North – in the ninth tier of English football and five levels in the Football League. He welcomed over 350 fans in his last home game against Newark FC.
Its home since 1907, Moat Ground, will now be replaced by an affordable housing development once the club moves to its hopeful new home near Bridge Street.
Documents submitted with the planning application indicate that the sale of the Moat Ground site will partly fund the development of the club’s new home. He confirms that the buyer of the existing site is an affordable housing provider and is currently preparing a planning application for homes on Moat Ground.
Documents show that the five-a-side pitches are part of his vision to provide facilities to the community “rain or shine”.
They make it clear that matches would not need to be canceled due to waterlogged pitches and that the club would not be severely financially hampered by the costs of watering, maintaining and draining traditional grass pitches. . Traditional pitches are also less environmentally friendly, according to the documents, due to their water consumption and the required use of fertilizers.
Reports indicate that the grounds and associated facilities would be offered to clubs to hold holiday sessions and exercise and team building events.
Meanwhile, the clubhouse complex seeks to “connect people from all walks of life”.
He says the installations would “demonstrate how wonderfully people of all races, ages, genders, etc. can work together.”
The report says the club would “encourage the local community to visit and watch local homegrown talent at their best, while building the potential for future
generations to become more active and achieve healthier goals.
Alongside this, the planned boxing club would house the South Derbyshire Boxing Academy.
Documents submitted with the club’s application say the academy is “an alternative education route for 13-16 year olds who have been excluded or are at risk of being excluded from school”.
They say, “With this in mind, the program proactively helps to assuage social issues that could potentially arise as a result of exclusion from education.”
The report states: “Local sport, recreation and physical activity services can help people live longer, healthier and happier lives.
“This makes them essential to fulfilling our personal aspirations for the well-being of the local community.
“The stature of our boxing and football clubs has a vital local leadership role for sport and physical activity at home.
“In the current economic climate, and in the face of national challenges such as high levels of obesity and inactivity and an aging population, it is more important than ever that we have the platform to demonstrate strong evidence of the impact within the community.”
South Derbyshire District Council has listed the new Bridge Street base for Gresley Rovers FC in its local plan – future development plan – with a cost of between £1.5m and £3m.
The council said it would ask property developers in the area to pay £680,752 for the project or for affordable housing. It says the developers are also required to pay an additional £319,428 for other leisure facilities.
Approved plans for 300 homes off Church Street in Church Gresley saw a commitment to pay half a million pounds for a new community facility for Gresley Rovers Football Club.
The District Council’s Playground Strategy – assessing space for sports facilities in South Derbyshire – in 2018 highlighted the replacement of Moat Ground as a ‘high’ priority.
In the strategy, the district council says it should “support the club with relocation plans, including identifying and planning a suitable site”.
It says the proposed new site off Bridge Street requires planning approval from South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire district councils due to its location on the county border.
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