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Evo-Stick League side AFC Fylde to get new stadium as part of new Frank Whittle development


Plans designed by Frank Whittle Partnership to build an £18m football stadium and sports and science park which could create 200 new jobs for the Fylde area have been unveiled.

The proposed park, on a 32-acre site close to the M55 at Kirkham, includes community sports and education facilities as well as new retail, leisure and commercial development and will be called 'Mill Farm'.

The plan for the site also includes a new stadium for non-league football club AFC Fylde.

David Hayt­hor­nthwa­ite, chairman of the club and head of the Lytham-based agricultural company Tangerine Group, unveiled the plans at an event on Tuesday.

A new company called Mill Farm Ventures has been created to develop the plan, which has been designed by Preston-based architecture firm Frank Whittle Partnership.

Proposals include a large indoor sports science building providing a range of educational and sporting activities for local schoolchildren.

There will also be all weather pitches for community use, a foodstore, distribution centre with associated office space, a 63-bed hotel, petrol station and a pub.

The new AFC Fylde stadium would have a 6,000 capacity and include a 2,000 all-seater main stand with supporters' bar, executive boxes and a function room.

Previous plans put forward by the club for a sports village last year were thrown out by Fylde Borough Council's planning committee.

Haythornthwaite said: "The Fylde sports and science park is an ambitious investment in the local economy and has been put together by a team of experts from Lancashire.

"This is a well thought out development plan that will create superb facilities and help fuel the economic growth of the area."

Preston-based planning consultancy PWA is also working on the project.

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