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Upgrade to Stanley Stadium Proceeds Without Planning Permission

Accrington Stanley bosses have issued their thanks to Hyndburn council after essential upgrade works were carried out on the stadium- before planning permission had actually been granted.

The Reds installed new turnstiles, toilet blocks, and spectator facilities at the Wham Stadium during the course of the summer. Extra parking spaces and a new pedestrian and vehicle access from Haworth Street were also established.

Accrington Stanley managing director David Burgess said that the project needed to be accomplished rapidly between the conclusion of last season and the beginning of the new one.

The club has now presented a retrospective planning application for the additions, which have inspired two objection letters from Whalley Road residents regarding the new Haworth Street access.

Mr Burgess said that they only had an eight-week window with no games scheduled to get the work done between the conclusion of the mid-May playoffs and the beginning of August.

He explained that Hyndburn council had asked the club to obtain retrospective planning permission for all the changes completed over the summer. The council, he said, was really supportive of everything being done because they were aware of the narrow window of opportunity involved. Building control people viewed the work constantly while it was in progress and everything was built to specification.

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Mr Burgess described the work as something important that had to be done to provide a better matchday experience to the club spectators. He said that the FanZone area and upgrades had been greeted with enthusiasm by supporters both home and away.

He confirmed that since the start of the season, the club has received only positive feedback and everything has been kept in mint condition by supporters. The whole area had been tidied up and transformed from a dumping zone to an attractive location where, as he put it, “people can come a bit earlier and have a pint and a pie.”

Hyndburn council will be making a decision on the retrospective planning application in the coming weeks. A spokesperson for the council confirmed that it has been working closely with the club, which has submitted a planning application for all of the works accomplished. It will be determined against all existing relevant planning policies and concerns expressed by local residents will also be taken into account.

The spokesperson said that the full planning application could be seen on the council’s website.


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