Stockport Rugby Club, SRUFC Russell Homes, p.Butler Bancroft

The club and the residential plot are separated by Wallbank Road. Credit: via Russell Homes

Stockport Rugby Club, Russell Homes table development proposals 

The rugby club intends to sell a parcel of land east of Wallbank Road to the housebuilder to seize upon a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to upgrade existing facilities at the Memorial Ground. 

Stockport Rugby Club and Russell Homes have submitted a hybrid planning application for 90 properties, a 75-bedroom care home, and upgrades to the sports complex, located off Jacksons Edge in Hazel Grove. 

The club would sell the residential parcel – part of which is currently the club’s fourth training pitch – to Russell Homes and reinvest the proceeds to upgrade its 1960s clubhouse, improve and increase the changing facilities, and deliver an all-weather pitch.  

This element of the application is submitted in full, while outline consent is sought for Russell Home’s proposals. 

Ged Gurney, chairman of the rugby club described the submission of a planning application for the project as “an exciting moment”. 

“We need to make these improvements to move the club forward, to provide full inclusivity and benefit the whole community. This plan allows us to implement all the changes we want to make and ensure we can support the future of the club in this, our 100th anniversary year.” 

He added that the residential element of the project is required to pay for the upgrades to the facilities, which will benefit the club’s 662 players and members. 

“This partnership with Russell Homes provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the club and we are grateful for their support.  

“No other funding options are available to us for this project. By selling an underused training pitch – which is often too boggy to use – we can fund an all-weather pitch for use by the club and allow us to open our facilities to local schools and the community.”  

Both the club and Russell Homes have been buoyed by the support they received for the proposals during the consultation period. The housebuilder claims there is an “acute need” for new homes in the area. 

“Our proposal outlines a broad mix of house types and sizes to provide different options for people, including affordable homes,” said Russell Homes associate director Thomas Relph.  

“Our research also found there is a significant need for more elderly residential care provision locally. This is backed up by feedback received from people who welcomed the inclusion of a care home in the plan.”  

Nicol Thomas is the architect behind the scheme and Stantec is the planning consultant. 

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I look forward to planning permission for this being granted on appeal!

By UnaPlanner

Someone needs to look in to who actually owns the land for development ? And who is going to gain from the sale as well as the rugby club

By Concerned

As a member of another club, I object!
It’s not that it’s a bad idea, just not here.
What else, traffic, noise, young people having fun, a plastic pitch will reduce the biodiversity, the existing pitch is good soil and should be used for growing crops instead of housing (which we don’t need – nearly forgot that one).

By Mr N Imby

@July 05, 2023 at 9:34 am
By Mr N Imby

This made me laugh.

By SW

Often too boggy to use comment from Ged Gurney is an admittance that the land has an existing problem with surface water run off.

By Mike Green

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