A long-awaited project to build a new football stadium and several five-a-side football pitches near Ashby is finally moving forward.
Gresley Rovers FC plan to move from their current home at Moat Ground to vacant land between Church Gresley and Albert Village, near Bridge Street.
The scheme has been in the works for several years and a planning application has now been submitted to South Derbyshire District Council, Derbyshire reportsLive.
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The club wants to build a full-size all-weather football pitch with six five-a-side 3G pitches, a two-tier main stand and a smaller stand.
The proposal also includes a two-story complex consisting of function rooms, changing rooms and a two-story boxing club and gymnasium, according to planning documents.
The main pitch would have eight 15-meter-high floodlights, with 24 eight-meter-high floodlights for the surrounding pitches, the documents reveal.
Parking at the complex would include car parks with 301 spaces, including 15 spaces for disabled drivers and two spaces for coaches. The car park would be equipped with 35 other projectors eight meters high.
A decision will be made by the borough council in the coming months.
Gresley Rovers FC reverted to their original name in 2020, having collapsed in 2009 due to financial difficulties – before that they were known as Gresley FC.
During its financial difficulties, the club fell many levels in the levels of English football.
The club was founded in 1882, with the team originally playing at Mushroom Lane in Albert Village.
His current home will be replaced with an affordable housing development once the club relocates.
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.
A separate application is being developed for the Affordable Housing Program.
The five-a-side football pitches are part of the club’s vision of providing facilities to the community ‘rain or shine’.
Games would not need to be canceled due to waterlogged pitches and 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.
The grounds and other facilities would be offered to community groups to hold vacation sessions and exercise and team-building events.
A boxing club would also be part of the development, which would house the South Derbyshire Boxing Academy.
The academy is “an alternative education route for young people aged 13 to 16 who have been excluded or are at risk of being excluded from school”.
The planning documents say: “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.”
The District Council lists the new Bridge Street base in its local plan – a plan for future development – with a cost of between £1.5m and £3m.
Approved plans for 300 homes off Church Street, Church Gresley involved a commitment to pay around £500,000 for a new community facility for Gresley Rovers Football Club.
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