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SkyBet Championship side Wigan unveil new training ground plan

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Championship club and FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic have unveiled plans for their new state of the art training complex on the site of Charnock Richard Golf Club. The club bought the site last summer with the intention of turning it into the new facility for its first team and academy.

An exhibition for the newly-announced plans was held at nearby Charnock Richard Football Club on Tuesday prior to a proposed planning application which is expected shortly.

According to the Chorley Guradian, residents and local councillors met Latics’ representatives who were there to answer any questions they had.

John Taylor, local resident and chairman of Charnock Richard Parish Council, who attended the event, said from a personal perspective; “On balance I’ve got a positive feeling towards it.”

Resident Peter Hargrave, 71, of Preston Road, said: “I’ve just had a look round. I think it’s going to be good for the village. It will make sure it all stays green and no development.”

The scheme’s joint architect, John Hampton, who has also designed and delivered plans for Chelsea, Everton, Stoke and Wolves, said: “The idea is to explain the plans before we think of submitting them.

“We are here to take on board any local comments or issues.”

Wigan’s current training facilities at Christopher Park in Standish Lower Ground are not suitable for what it is proposing at Charnock Richard because the site is not large enough.

Chief executive Jonathan Jackson said: “This is the most exciting project the club has been involved in since the building of the then JJB Stadium, now DW Stadium, in 1999.”

He added; “We feel that the site is perfect in terms of being able to provide the club with an infrastructure to grow into the future, and provide a Premier League facility for generations to come.”

The plans are now on permanent display on www.­signetplanning.­com

JB

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