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Lancashire Cricket submit plans for first-class Farington sports centre

Posted on - 25th September, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Leyland, Preston Council, Preston News, South Ribble News, Sport
Farington view toward the pavilion - Artist's impression Pic: Lancashire County Council
Farington view toward the pavilion – Artist’s impression Pic: Lancashire County Council

A planning application has been submitted to create a new high-quality sports facility in the heart of the county.

Led by Lancashire County Council, the proposed development for Lancashire Cricket will bring together elite and community cricket on a site at Farington – a village in the South Ribble District.

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, as an alternative to Emirates Old Trafford, whilst also providing a new training base for Lancashire’s men’s and women’s teams.

If planning is approved, the new facility would become a Centre of Excellence for women’s cricket in the North-West, further encouraging the growth of cricket in the region.

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County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, leader of the county council said: “This is a fantastic project which will create high quality cricket facilities in the heart of the county, with a significant boost to our economy and new jobs.

“These are exciting proposals and I’m especially pleased that these facilities would help to encourage more people to take part in sport, including younger people.”

As well as providing elite training facilities for the Club, it will also be made available to the local community throughout the year, including local cricket clubs and schools.

The new facilities will help to support additional health and well-being opportunities, through active participation in sport and will assist the Lancashire Cricket Foundation in delivering nationwide cricket programmes, such as All Stars Cricket (aged 5-8) and Dynamos Cricket (aged 8-11).

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As well as providing new sports facilities, the development will create up to 30 new jobs, as well as those generated during the construction process – in addition to further training and skills opportunities.

Andy Anson, Chair at Lancashire Cricket, added: “This project is a hugely exciting collaboration between Lancashire Cricket and Lancashire County Council, with the aim of delivering a valuable asset for the local community, as well as high-quality professional facilities for the Club in the heart of Lancashire.

“With the amount of international and domestic cricket (men’s and women’s) being held at Emirates Old Trafford, the need for a second ground has become pressing. It’s something that we’ve been working on for a while and the new development will provide fantastic elite facilities for our squads and can also be used for recreational cricket and the wider community.

“We have made a number of changes to the plans following on from public consultation with local residents and we are hopeful of a positive outcome to the application.”

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A public consultation was held in December and January. Consultations have also taken place with representatives from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), cricket’s national governing body.

The practice nets have been moved closer to the pavilion building and will be at a lower level than Fowler Lane to reduce their visual impact, which also places the main structures and buildings together. Acoustic fencing will help to reduce the noise level to nearby properties.

Owned by the county council, the proposed site in Farington is alongside the A582 Farington Road on the west side of Stanifield Lane, and a short distance from the M65 and M6.

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The proposals have been sensitively and carefully designed to respect the Green Belt setting, both to preserve the open and green setting and to protect the amenity of neighbouring residents.

New tree planting, landscaping and green spaces will provide an attractive setting and provide screening for local properties.

County Councillor Aidy Riggott, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Growth at Lancashire County Council, said: “We announced the plans in December to get people’s views on the proposals. Since then, we’ve made changes to the practice nets, based on feedback we received, including from the ECB.

“Thank you to everyone who gave their views to shape these exciting plans. We’ve worked closely with the club to improve the proposals, so that they fit in with the local area even more.”

The site has been identified as the preferred location after considering the necessary requirements for the new facility, including location, access and the space required.

Find out more about about the plans on the Lancashire County Council website.

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