Football club’s shock at potential housing plan for sports ground

Calls have been made to protect a well-used sports ground in Nottinghamshire from potential development.

Regatta Way Sports Ground in West Bridgford has been earmarked in the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan as a possible location for growth.

The plan is a consultation document produced by local councils which sets out the policies to help guide future development up to 2038. 

It aims to provide new homes and create sustainable city and town centres.

The Strategic Plan will also consider other planning issues such as climate change and how the plan can help achieve each council’s ambition to become carbon neutral.

In The Growth Options document there are a series of questions on topics including housing growth, employment growth and economic development.

The 45 hectares of land off Regatta Way where currently three sports clubs practice, has been earmarked by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Although the document does imply it could be unsuitable due to the land being within a flood zone.

It is also home to the largest youth football club in the country, which is now concerned over the future of the site.

West Bridgford Colts provides more than 100 teams from under-fives to adults with 80,000 hours of sporting opportunities per year.

The ground is also home to the Gedling and Sherwood Cricket club dating back 90 years.

In a petition set up to try and protect the land, it states: “These clubs will struggle to survive if they lose their West Bridgford home.

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“The land is also in a flood plain and greenbelt and the plans will have a huge impact on the local environment and infrastructure.”

More than 2,800 have now signed the petition which states the land is “under threat” and could become housing and schools.

Peter Stansbury, chairman of the West Bridgford Colts also posted: “As the chairman of Colts, this is a very important issue to both me and the club as a whole.

“I’ve had two sons progress through the club and been involved as a volunteer for 10 years.

“It is incredibly important that young people can continue to access outdoor sporting facilities such as Regatta Way. Thank you to everybody for your support.”

Consultation for the plan runs until September 14.

More information on the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan can be found online at  www.gnplan.org.uk  and details of how comments can be made on the Growth Options document can be found online at https://gnplan.inconsult.uk/consult.ti/gnspgo/consultationHome.


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