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Turf Redevelopment Update

Burnley Football Club have previously announced a major Turf Moor Redevelopment project costing 30 million. As well as the ground being updated a football academy at the Gawthorpe training headquarters is also on the cards.

Development director and former Clarets player, Paul Fletcher believes the rewards the club will get by redeveloping Turf Moor rather than relocating will be far greater

'My other projects with football grounds at the Ricoh at Coventry and the Reebok at Bolton seemed like great ideas at the time, said Fletcher

'Now, I start to question them because you are moving football fans five miles out of town.

'Football has always been a working class community sport and in years gone by the players themselves were working class.

'I think a football club needs to be a part of the town and Turf Moor has always been the heartbeat of Burnley so to rebuild here, when we know it will help the town centre as well, is very rewarding.'

A full article by Paul Fletcher can be found on the Official Site giving an update on the status of the development

You can read this in full by clicking the link below:

Offical Site-Stadium Update:April 2008

It is also understood that last night the Club received the news that their planning application for the first phase of the redevelopment had been approved by the Council.

The first phase is the building of a New Players Block in the corner between the Jimmy Mac and James Hargreaves stands. This will be put out to tender soon.

Building is due to commence in the close season at a cost of 2.5 million and will be completed in time for the start of the 2009/10 season.

The three storey building will house office space, a media suite, a medical area and new players dressing rooms. Owen Coyle will also be able to look out of there from his new office!



The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 4 2008

Time: 9:42AM

Your Comments

All beginning to take shape. My only quibble has been the fact they decided to ditch plans to modernise the Bob Lord Strand area. I can understand the financial reasons but I just think its disappointing that in effect the main part of the ground that everybody sees first, will not look modern
turfmanphil
Bit more detail in Lancashire Telegraph: The development will be known as Burnley Business and Sporting village rather than Burnley sporting village as originally touted. In the first part of the plan, the three-storey building will link the Jimmy McIlroy and James Hargreaves stands, creating an enclosed stadium. Planning officers had recommended the bid be approved in a report to councillors, saying the building on the vacant plot between stands would improve a "bland open corner" and provide state-of-the art facilities. The ground floor of the building will house changing rooms for home and away teams with physiotherapy areas next to management and coaches' offices. The second floor will provide offices for the day-to-day running of the club and the third floor will include a media suite, press room, hospitality area and facilities for local radio stations. As the new building is for activities already happening elsewhere on the site, it is thought there will be no impact on parking and traffic. The development was approved unanimously by councillors on Burnley's Development Control Committee with two conditions: building work must begin within three years and colours and details of external materials must be submitted and approved. The development is expected to bring in up to 3million a year, most of which will go to the club. Speaking when the plans were announced, director Brendan Flood said: "At the moment we are losing money and we have to try and reduce that gap and this development can make this happen."
turfmanphil
 

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