New plans outlining development proposals for Hough End Playing Fields have been drawn up and a public consultation asking residents for their opinions will be open from today (25th November 2021).
This consultation follows the development of revised plans, which have taken into consideration the views and concerns raised by the community to the original development plans that were brought forward earlier this year.
These new plans have been developed to meet the needs and aspiration of the community and the upgraded facilities will not only enhance and improve the Hough End Playing Fields site, but it will also generate a significant increase in people participating in sport and physical activity which in turn positively impacts the health and wellbeing of the communities using them.
Councillor Rabnawaz Akbar, executive member for Neighbourhoods said:
"We have listened carefully to all the residents' feedback that we received before the summer, and we have used that strength of feeling and community knowledge to help shape these revised plans. Hough End Playing Fields are much loved and well used, and we want to make sure that the communities are on board and invested in our new proposals to enhance the facilities.
"Our investment to enhance Hough End Playing Fields site has the potential to become a catalyst for improving the area, putting the community at its heart with the intention of creating sustainable, high-quality playing fields and the green and open spaces that promotes people's health, happiness and wellbeing”.
The new plans include enhanced sustainability measures positioning low carbon and nature-based solutions at the forefront of the design approach. Implementation of sustainable carbon technologies will also enable the council to set the planned leisure centre extension building on a clear path to decarbonisation to fit in with the council's wider drive to cut carbon emissions.
The plans feature the development of a two storey leisure centre extension to accommodate changing facilities, community room/education space, café facilities, and health and fitness space to service sport and leisure users on site. Externally, plans include 2 new full size artificial grass football pitches, qualitative improvements to grass playing fields, and new carparking that will include new cycle parking and electric parking provision to enhance sustainable travel to the site. Alongside this, there will be highway improvements to neighbouring roads.
The revised plans present a reduction in 3G pitch provision, equivalent size of 2 7-aside pitches and the removal of the baseball and softball proposals to protect open green space and enable the development of the fields for enhanced community use in the long term.
Consultation events for the new plans will be held at Broughton Park Rugby Club and each session will start with a presentation of the plans with discussions to capture people's views and answer questions. This will help shape the final plans for consideration.
Monday 29th November 16:00-18:00 (Session 1: 16:00 / Session 2: 17:05)
Saturday 4th December 10:00-12:00 (Session 3: 10:00 / Session 4: 11:05)
Wednesday 8th December 18:00-20:00 (Session 5: 18:00 / Session 6: 19:05)
Address: Broughton Park Rugby Club, 2 Houghend Cresent, Manchester M21 7TL.
To attend the consultation events register at email@example.com or at Hough End Lesiure Centre reception, this is to ensure that the project team can manage the event on the day and provide sufficient time to discuss proposals with all residents.
Residents are encouraged to submit comments via Hough End consultation account at: firstname.lastname@example.org All comments will be logged and will be fed through the planning process. Preplanning consultation will close Friday 10th December and the final planning application is targeted for submission mid-December.