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Architects behind Preston North End, Fleetwood Town new stadiums help Non League Club achieve stadium dreams


Evostik Premier outfit AFC Fylde have submitted plans to build a new 6,000-capacity stadium in Kirkham and Preston based Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) are helping the club achieve their dreams.

Fylde are hoping to get the go-ahead to build the new ground when local councillors consider the proposal later this year.

The proposed £18m. complex – which will be known as the Mill Farm Sports Village – will also boast community sports and education facilities, along with retail, leisure and commercial developments that could create 200 new jobs.

FWP has worked on projects with Preston North End and Fleetwood Town and is developing stadia and community assets for clubs such as Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United, FC United of Manchester and Berwick Rangers. The proposed development is on a 32-acre site off junction three of the M55 outside Kirkham and includes a sports science building providing a range of educational and sporting activities for local schoolchildren.

The new stadium – which would replace their existing home at Kellamergh Park – would include a modern 2,000 all-seater main stand with supporters’ bar, executive boxes and a function room.

There will also be a number of state-of-the-art all weather pitches, a full-size floodlit football pitch with a 3G surface and a national level hockey pitch.

The development also includes a food store, a distribution centre with associated office space, a 63-bed hotel, petrol station and a public house. AFC Fylde – who were formerly known as Kirkham and Wesham – are currently in third spot in the NPL Premier Division and have ambitions to reach the Football League in the future.

Chairman of the Coasters David Haythornthwaite is the man behind the ambitious project.

He told the Lancashire Evening Post: “We have listened closely to local people. I believe we have now submitted to Fylde councillors plans that will be of major benefit to the well-being of the local community and the economy.

“It is a well-thought out and carefully-considered plan, creating fantastic sporting facilities for local people and bringing much-needed employment to the Fylde Coast.

“The site is allocated for employment and leisure uses in the emerging Fylde Local Plan and this proposal directly addresses the council’s and national Government’s aspirations surrounding sustainable development.”

“We believe this is exactly the kind of investment our area needs in exactly the right location.”

Managing partner at FWP David Robinson said: “We have worked very hard to create a vibrant and modern development that will be a real asset to the community and the local economy.If the scheme gets the go-ahead the first phase could be completed by September next year.

“If it gets the go ahead this will be a high-quality development that can help sustain the local economy and provide new and exciting sporting and leisure facilities to benefit everyone.”


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