Warrington progresses Wilderspool Stadium housing
Almost a decade after the rugby league ground was demolished, plans for its redevelopment into housing have taken a major step forward.
Wire Regeneration, a joint venture between the council and Langtree, submitted proposals to redevelop the 5.4-acre Wilderspool Stadium site into 160 homes in 2018.
The following February, Warrington Council approved the plans, which feature 20% affordable housing provision. Spawforths advised Wire Regeneration on the proposals.
Since 2019, negotiations around a Section 106 agreement have been ongoing.
Now, four years since the plans were first given the green light, the scheme has been reapproved by the council’s development management committee with a S106 agreement close to being signed.
The site’s redevelopment is to be called Bevan Mews in honour of Brian Bevan, Warrington’s mid-20th century winger, who is the only man to be inducted into both the Australian and British rugby league halls of fame.
Wilderspool Stadium, built in 1881, closed in 2003 when the club moved to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The ground was demolished in 2014 and the site forms part of Warrington Council’s Southern gateway regeneration zone, which could feature up to 1,000 homes once complete.
Wire Regeneration’s vision for the Southern Gateway of Warrington also includes a commercial area fronting the south side of Bridgefoot and the River Mersey, enhanced public spaces, and a hotel.