AFC Fylde North Stand, Fylde, P. Ged Henderson
The new-build terrace would be the fourth and final stand to be built since the club relocated in 2018. Credit: FWP

AFC Fylde moves to complete stadium 

Dan Whelan

The non-league club has applied to build a 1,850-capacity terrace, an indoor training centre, and 100 homes on 17 acres north of its Mill Farm ground in Wesham.

The main element of AFC Fylde’s three-part plan involves the creation of a north stand featuring a club museum, fan zone and shop. 

Improved matchday parking facilities and a new traffic light-controlled spine road connecting Fleetwood Road to Coronation Way would be created. 

The new-build terrace would be the fourth and final stand to be built at Mill Farm since the club relocated from Kellamergh Park in Warton in 2016. 

“This is an extremely exciting development for everyone living on the Fylde Coast and indeed beyond,” AFC Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite said. 

“The new stadium will be incredible inside and have facilities that will equal those at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, wildly regarded as the best in the world.”

Collinson Construction has been appointed to build the stand. 

While AFC Fylde is seeking full consent for the terrace, the club is requesting outline permission for two additional schemes to the north of the stadium. 

  • An indoor dome with an artificial training pitch 
  • A total of 99 homes on land next to Fylde Sports and Education Centre.

The cost of the stand, the dome and associated infrastructure works is £7m. In order to claw back some of that outlay, AFC Fylde plans to sell the area of land earmarked for residential, which is valued at £3.5m. 

PWA Planning is the planning consultant for the project and Frank Whittle Partnership is the architect. 

Plans for Mill Farm Sports Village were first approved in 2014. The project, led Haythornthwaite, formed part of the club’s ambition to break into the Football League. 

Currently AFC Fylde are in the National League North, the sixth tier of English football and two promotions away from the Football League. 

Under the club’s proposals for the new stand, Mill Farm stadium would be compliant with FA requirements should they get to League Two. 

As well as the stadium, the wider complex features an Aldi supermarket, Greggs bakery, KFC, Burger King, and Starbucks. 

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