Bredbury St Marks Cricket Club has moved forward with plans to relocate, opening up its current ground to be redeveloped for housing.
Proposals have been mooted for many years with a planning application put forward in 2017 for the relocation, which will see the cricket club move to a new purpose-built pavilion, clubhouse and pitch behind the Bredbury Hall Hotel, off Dark Lane.
Under the plans, developer Morbaine would take over its existing home and build 24 houses on the site.
The move has been driven by the restrictive nature of the club’s current ground. The size of the ground is described by the club’s consultants as being “woefully below the required minimum set down by Sport England and the England and Wales Cricket Board”, being only 60% of the required size.
The club currently runs four senior teams, a full complement of junior teams, a social cricket team, and an over 40s team; it did previously host a women’s team, but this has been forced to go to another club due to a lack of practice and game time available, according to planning documents.
Bredbury St Marks currently owns its ground and selling the existing pitches off for housing will allow it to purchase the land for its new home.
Facilities planned at the new club include a cricket pitch which meets Sport England standard; a second pitch for junior teams; a clubhouse of around 4,500 sq ft, practice nets, and car parking.
Housing will only be brought forward once the new cricket club is complete; the existing ground and pitches currently cover 2.5 acres on the edge of Woodley. Here, Morbaine would bring forward a mix of three, four, and five bed homes in an outline planning permission. A planning application was previously put forward by the club here, working with Bardsley, but this was withdrawn before heading to committee.
The latest set of plans look more likely to progress to planning committee, however, with Stockport Council’s Werneth Area Committee set to discuss the proposals next week. The scheme is likely to then go to planning committee with a recommendation to approve.
The professional team on the project includes WYG and Club Design.