Outdoor sports facility development in West Berkshire
Find out how we are addressing requirements for future outdoor sports facility development across the district
Playing Pitch Strategy
We are committed to the provision of outdoor sports facility development across the district. The Playing Pitch Strategy, which was approved in February 2020, details the level of need for these facilities, focussing on the main sports played across West Berkshire:
- Rugby Union
The strategy and evidence base were developed using national guidance and facility insight from Sport England and governing bodies of sport, eg the Football Association, the Rugby Football Union and the English Cricket Board.
Football in Newbury
In early 2021 proposals for a replacement for Faraday Road Sports Ground were subject to public consultation. The proposals were approved by Executive in April 2021 and planning application Ref. No: 21/02173/COMIND for a Newbury Sports Hub was submitted in August 2021.
You can access the plans and other documents relating to the planning application for the Newbury Sports Hub via our Planning Portal.
We are committed to delivering an alternative grass pitch for community use, in addition to the new 3G Artificial Grass Pitch to be provided as part of the Newbury Sports Hub, and a planning application will be submitted in the coming months.
Faraday Road, Newbury
The Council-owned former football stadium site at Faraday Road, Newbury, is to be redeveloped as part of our aspirations for the regeneration of the London Road Industrial Estate. In the meantime, Executive on 19 December 2019 decided to open the ground as an informal area of grassland for general sports and recreational use, pending its redevelopment.
A planning application, which included the demolition of the derelict clubhouse on safety grounds, was submitted to the Local Planning Authority in October 2020. Following the demolition of the clubhouse on safety grounds as a result of fire damage in August 2021, the Council as landowner reviewed and then withdrew the planning application. We received confirmation from the Local Planning Authority that works to make safe and re-open the ground do not require planning permission. These works have now been completed and the ground opened to the public on 18 December 2021 as temporary public recreation space pending redevelopment.
The decision to close and replace the former football ground at Faraday Rd has featured heavily in questions put to our Executive over many years. The responses to these can be read in full on the Questions and Answers for each meeting, accessible via the Executive meetings browser. Our responses to the most Frequently Asked Questions are set out below.