Plans to create a world class sports facility at the Knights Grange site in Winsford are progressing as Cheshire FA begins ground survey works in October.
Over the past few months the association, along with its development partner ION Developments, has undertaken significant preliminary survey work for the unique venture.
Cheshire FA is now close to determining the location of the proposed buildings such as the hotel and nursery. In order to progress the feasibility stage, Cheshire FA and its partners Cheshire West and Chester Council and ION have this week given the green light for a significant ground survey to be completed.
Works are planned to begin in October lasting approximately two weeks.
Stuart Manifould, Project Director said: “It has been a while since we provided a significant update on our proposed development, so I’m really excited that things are moving forward.
“This ground information is critical if we are to formalise our plans and share them with this amazing community. I’ve been humbled by the reaction and well wishes of the community and I’ve been privileged to meet some local residents while in and around Winsford.
“I would ask that the community bear with us a little longer while we undertake this vital survey and as soon as the results are shared with us, we will be able to disclose our final plans. We will do everything in our power to minimise disruption to local residents. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and thank you again for your fantastic support!”
The Partnership has engaged engineering contractor Curtins to undertake the works. Due to the nature of the ground large scale equipment will be brought on to site to investigate conditions below the surface.
Rob Mason, Development Director at ION said “We have made excellent progress with the site at Knights Grange, with initial surveys, highway works and site investigation all looking very positive. The engineering survey will help complete the feasibility process, which is a major steppingstone to the delivery of this very exciting and important development for Cheshire.”
Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The ground survey and additional works completed at Knights Grange shows Cheshire FA is progressing its plans to bring this impressive sporting facility to Winsford.
“If this project continues to progress and the plans are ultimately approved, it will be a great asset to the community and support the Council’s efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents of all ages. We want to make sport accessible for all and increase the number of people who are able to access grassroots football and other sports.
“The Council will assist Cheshire FA over the coming months, where possible, as it develops its ambitious plans for a project which will benefit the residents of Winsford and the whole borough once completed.”