Lancashire Cricket and Lancashire County Council announce plans to establish sports facility in South Ribble


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Lancashire Cricket and Lancashire County Council have announced new plans to create a high quality sports facility in the heart of the county.









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Led by County Council, the proposed development will bring together elite and community cricket at a site in Farington in South Ribble.

Subject to public consultation and planning determination, the new facility will become a center of excellence for women’s cricket in the Northwest, further encouraging the growth of cricket in the region.

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The aim is to establish a new year-round facility, which would host a number of men’s and women’s competitive matches each year when Emirates Old Trafford is not available, while also providing a training base for Lancashire Men’s and Women’s Teams (Age Group to First Team).

The plans were announced on Wednesday December 1 as part of the Stadium Business Summit taking place at Emirates Old Trafford.

Owned by County Council, the proposed Farington site runs along the A582 Farington Road on the west side of Stanifield Lane, and a short distance from the M65 and M6.

Public engagement is now underway to help shape these initial proposals. The plans will be subject to public comment as part of the usual planning request process, with additional opportunities for individuals to comment.

Andy Anson, President of Lancashire Cricket, added: “We are delighted to be working with Lancashire County Council on this project as we aim to develop the game of cricket in all its forms, from elite to club cricket. recreational, set across the county.

“With the number of international and domestic matches, as well as other events being held at Emirates Old Trafford, the need for a second pitch has become urgent.

“This is something that we have been working on for some time and the new development will provide fantastic elite facilities for our men and women and can also be used for recreational cricket and the community at large. “

Proposals include two full-size cricket grounds with natural sloping terraces and training facilities including netting, a new pavilion including a gym, changing rooms, reception area, as well as parking for bikes and cars.

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The designs of the site have been designed with sensitivity and care to respect the open and green setting and protect the convenience of neighboring residents.

Planting trees, landscaping and green spaces would provide an attractive setting and protect local properties.

County Councilor Phillippa Williamson, Head of Lancashire County Council, said: “These are exciting proposals and I am particularly happy that these facilities are helping to encourage more people to participate in sport, including younger ones.

“Please give your opinion and help us shape the proposals, which aim to transform cricket in Lancashire.

“We are working in partnership with the club to make the most of this opportunity to support a high quality sport offering in Lancashire, while using County Council land to potentially significantly boost our economy and create new jobs.”

The project also aims to increase education and training opportunities for students of different age groups. The club aims to bring a Lancashire cricket experience to 1,000 county public schools by 2030.

The site was identified as the preferred location after reviewing the necessary requirements for the new facility, including location, access, and space requirements.

People can read more about the proposals and comment on www.lancashire.gov.uk/cricket

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