HOW Secures Permission for York Community Stadium

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Working on behalf of developers Wrenbridge Sport and charitable social enterprise GLL, HOW Planning has secured planning permission for a sport-led mixed-use development comprising an 8,000 capacity community stadium, leisure centre, multi-screen cinema, and supporting retail uses on the site of the existing Huntington Stadium at Monks Cross, York.

Following the successful completion and opening of the Community Stadium’s neighbouring enabling retail development last year (Vangarde Shopping Park) – one of York’s biggest ever developments – where HOW Planning secured both outline planning and reserved matters consent for 320,000sqft retail floorspace to be occupied by John Lewis, Marks and Spencer and Next, the Manchester based specialists have provided further planning and EIA advice to deliver the Community Stadium and a host of other complementary uses.

Upon completion it is envisaged that the 8,000 capacity community stadium will become the home for professional football and rugby league in York, providing a fan zone, hospitality and conference facilities as well as a community hub where five partner charitable and community organisations will be based. The Leisure centre will include a 25m six-lane swimming pool, a teaching pool and a fun pool as well as a sports hall, gym, dance studio and an adventure climbing centre.

The sport facilities will be complemented by 60,000sqft of retail floorspace, a state-of-the-art 12-screen cinema and two restaurants; ensuring that this scheme will become a successful year-round visitor attraction and not just a match day destination. These commercial uses will also provide an array of full and part time job opportunities.

Says Daniel Brown, Principal Planner at HOW Planning: “We are delighted to have secured planning permission for this important scheme following several years hard work on both this project and the neighbouring Vangarde Shopping Park. The new Community Stadium will not only be the home to both football and rugby league in York, but will also encompass a unique mix of sport, fitness, leisure, education, hospitality and commercial facilities that are accessible to the entire community”.

Holmes Miller acted as architects on the project.


Published: 08/04/2015

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