Lancashire cricket club have revealed plans for a second ground in Leyland for 1st class cricket.

Owned by the county council, the proposed site in Farington is alongside the A582 Farington Road on the west side of Stanifield Lane, and a short distance from the M65 and M6.

Public engagement is now underway to help to shape these initial proposals. The plans will be subject to public consultation through the usual planning application process

Andy Anson, Chair at Lancashire Cricket, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Lancashire County Council on this project as we aim to grow the game of cricket in all its forms, from elite right through to recreational club cricket, together across the county.

“With the number of international and domestic matches, as well as other events being held at Emirates Old Trafford, the need for a second ground has become pressing. It’s something that we’ve been working on for a while and the new development will provide fantastic elite facilities for both our men’s and women’s side and can also be used for recreational cricket and the wider community.”

The proposals include two full-sized cricket pitches with natural sloping terraces and training facilities, including nets, a new pavilion including a gym, changing rooms, hospitality space, as well as cycle and car parking.

The designs for the site have been sensitively and carefully designed to respect the open and green setting and protect the amenity of neighbouring residents. New tree planting, landscaping and green spaces would provide an attractive setting and provide screening for local properties.

County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, Leader of Lancashire County Council, added: “These are exciting proposals and I’m especially pleased that these facilities would help to encourage more people to take part in sport, including younger people.

“Please give your views and help us to shape the proposals, which aim to transform cricket in Lancashire.

“We’re working in partnership with the club to make the most of this opportunity to support high-quality sports provision in Lancashire, while using the county council’s land to potentially provide a significant boost to our economy and create new jobs.”

Sir Howard Bernstein, President of Lancashire Cricket, commented: “We are pleased to be collaborating with Lancashire County Council on this wonderful project that, subject to due process, could bring about vital opportunities through the game of cricket.

“This will be an important step in aiding us to grow the game in Lancashire, helping us to extend our reach in the county and engage with a wider demographic.”


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