Bolton Wanderers' £100 million 'Middlebrook Masterplan' could be approved tomorrow

The Bolton News: An artist’s impression of what the development will look like An artist’s impression of what the development will look like

BOLTON Wanderers’ bid to build a £100 million sport, education and office development look set to be approved tomorrow.

The club announced last year its plans to create a new free sports academy, 200 apartments, a 60-bed hotel and huge office block with restaurants and hospitality suites as part of a grand “Middlebrook Masterplan”.

Also included in the scheme, submitted by Wanderers owners Burnden Leisure and the Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust, are plans to upgrade and reconfigure the Reebok Stadium, which is soon to be renamed the Macron Stadium.

The application was set to be decided in December, but councillors deferred a decision until more information was provided about the likely impact on traffic.

The town councils of Horwich, Blackrod and Westhoughton also objected to the application on these grounds — given there are plans in the pipeline for 1,700 homes at the former site of the Horwich Loco Works, as well as the approved Logistics North industrial development.

A report ahead of tomorrow’s meeting of the planning committee has recommended councillors approve the plans, despite fears it could affect other developments including the Church Wharf regeneration in the town centre, if a series of road improvements was agreed.

Planning officer Jon Berry said: “Officers consider that the scale, type and proportions of the uses proposed are compatible with the surrounding area and are unlikely to have any undue impact on Bolton town centre or other centres in the borough.

"The development would provide much needed investment and employment opportunities together with improvements to education, leisure and wider community facilities in an urban setting and in a sustainable location, all of which is broadly supported by current development plan policy.”

Improvements would be needed at the Spirit of Sport roundabout, the junction of Burnden Way and Stadium Way, the widening of the approach to junction six of the M61 and extending the De-Havilland Way and Chorley Road roundabout, officers stated.

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10:38am Wed 4 Jun 14

thomas222 says...

Cant believe all this done on the back of BWFC name yet the Club is skint & scratching to compete. Need to get their priority,s right.
Cant believe all this done on the back of BWFC name yet the Club is skint & scratching to compete. Need to get their priority,s right. thomas222
  • Score: -4

10:46am Wed 4 Jun 14

filthy6 says...

thomas222 wrote:
Cant believe all this done on the back of BWFC name yet the Club is skint & scratching to compete. Need to get their priority,s right.
Different company, it says Burnden Leisure. BWFC my by in debt but Burnden Leisure may be financially sound.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Cant believe all this done on the back of BWFC name yet the Club is skint & scratching to compete. Need to get their priority,s right.[/p][/quote]Different company, it says Burnden Leisure. BWFC my by in debt but Burnden Leisure may be financially sound. filthy6
  • Score: 5

11:16am Wed 4 Jun 14

Don't_Waste_My_Time says...

filthy6 They're all the same people who are just fiddling figures, It's nice to see that the council are promoting building away from the town centre that is crying out for development. Unless of course you're having a 700 pupil school built in the Asian community.. theyre all up for that .
filthy6 They're all the same people who are just fiddling figures, It's nice to see that the council are promoting building away from the town centre that is crying out for development. Unless of course you're having a 700 pupil school built in the Asian community.. theyre all up for that . Don't_Waste_My_Time
  • Score: 2

11:27am Wed 4 Jun 14

filthy6 says...

Don't_Waste_My_Time wrote:
filthy6 They're all the same people who are just fiddling figures, It's nice to see that the council are promoting building away from the town centre that is crying out for development. Unless of course you're having a 700 pupil school built in the Asian community.. theyre all up for that .
Yeah probably :-)
Is the leisure trust part of the council?
Why they looking to build an academy when there are 4 secondary schools within a few miles? I can't think of many academic subjects BWFC would be good at.
[quote][p][bold]Don't_Waste_My_Time[/bold] wrote: filthy6 They're all the same people who are just fiddling figures, It's nice to see that the council are promoting building away from the town centre that is crying out for development. Unless of course you're having a 700 pupil school built in the Asian community.. theyre all up for that .[/p][/quote]Yeah probably :-) Is the leisure trust part of the council? Why they looking to build an academy when there are 4 secondary schools within a few miles? I can't think of many academic subjects BWFC would be good at. filthy6
  • Score: -3

12:00pm Wed 4 Jun 14

mikeywalker1989 says...

thomas222 wrote:
Cant believe all this done on the back of BWFC name yet the Club is skint & scratching to compete. Need to get their priority,s right.
Get its priorities right! I'm sure it has providing jobs, free education for youngster!

Or it could spend a few million on a $h!te footballer that can keep them in the championship.

Get in the real world
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Cant believe all this done on the back of BWFC name yet the Club is skint & scratching to compete. Need to get their priority,s right.[/p][/quote]Get its priorities right! I'm sure it has providing jobs, free education for youngster! Or it could spend a few million on a $h!te footballer that can keep them in the championship. Get in the real world mikeywalker1989
  • Score: 11

12:00pm Wed 4 Jun 14

mikeywalker1989 says...

thomas222 wrote:
Cant believe all this done on the back of BWFC name yet the Club is skint & scratching to compete. Need to get their priority,s right.
Get its priorities right! I'm sure it has providing jobs, free education for youngster!

Or it could spend a few million on a $h!te footballer that can keep them in the championship.

Get in the real world
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Cant believe all this done on the back of BWFC name yet the Club is skint & scratching to compete. Need to get their priority,s right.[/p][/quote]Get its priorities right! I'm sure it has providing jobs, free education for youngster! Or it could spend a few million on a $h!te footballer that can keep them in the championship. Get in the real world mikeywalker1989
  • Score: 7

2:03pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Beyond News Forum says...

Nothing to do with BWFC accounts, it is the Leisure side of things.

Just get down to the ground, pay to watch or stop complaining about BWFC finances.

Crowds of paying fans help make the club not splash the cash and get in debt... behave.

COYWM
Nothing to do with BWFC accounts, it is the Leisure side of things. Just get down to the ground, pay to watch or stop complaining about BWFC finances. Crowds of paying fans help make the club not splash the cash and get in debt... behave. COYWM Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 5

3:45pm Wed 4 Jun 14

dhmicky says...

It's way forward, the club has got to find other means of generating money other than on the football side of the business even if it does mean increasing the debt.
As a season ticket holder of 35 years I don't want to see us paying out ridiculous amounts on transfer fees on average players on obscene wages. If the club is run properly with a sound business plan then one day they might just become a a settled premiership club again
It's way forward, the club has got to find other means of generating money other than on the football side of the business even if it does mean increasing the debt. As a season ticket holder of 35 years I don't want to see us paying out ridiculous amounts on transfer fees on average players on obscene wages. If the club is run properly with a sound business plan then one day they might just become a a settled premiership club again dhmicky
  • Score: 8

3:55pm Wed 4 Jun 14

filthy6 says...

dhmicky wrote:
It's way forward, the club has got to find other means of generating money other than on the football side of the business even if it does mean increasing the debt. As a season ticket holder of 35 years I don't want to see us paying out ridiculous amounts on transfer fees on average players on obscene wages. If the club is run properly with a sound business plan then one day they might just become a a settled premiership club again
So the academy is a profit making scheme?
[quote][p][bold]dhmicky[/bold] wrote: It's way forward, the club has got to find other means of generating money other than on the football side of the business even if it does mean increasing the debt. As a season ticket holder of 35 years I don't want to see us paying out ridiculous amounts on transfer fees on average players on obscene wages. If the club is run properly with a sound business plan then one day they might just become a a settled premiership club again[/p][/quote]So the academy is a profit making scheme? filthy6
  • Score: 4

4:43pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Jim271 says...

Whats the councils financial incentive then?

seeing as my previous post has been removed when I suggested a certain person was corrupt.
Whats the councils financial incentive then? seeing as my previous post has been removed when I suggested a certain person was corrupt. Jim271
  • Score: 1

4:55pm Wed 4 Jun 14

FrusteratedCowYed says...

Jim271 wrote:
Whats the councils financial incentive then?

seeing as my previous post has been removed when I suggested a certain person was corrupt.
What are you talking about.....you never seem to have any constructive things to say so it no wonder your comments get removed. Burnden leisure are trying to find a way of getting more coffers in BWFC as as more sustainable source of income. It has nothing to do with the council!
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Whats the councils financial incentive then? seeing as my previous post has been removed when I suggested a certain person was corrupt.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about.....you never seem to have any constructive things to say so it no wonder your comments get removed. Burnden leisure are trying to find a way of getting more coffers in BWFC as as more sustainable source of income. It has nothing to do with the council! FrusteratedCowYed
  • Score: 7

5:01pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Not quite sure why they need improvements in the infrastructure given it's meant to be able to handle anything up to 25k (yes really!) on a Saturday afternoon.

How big are the apartments and are they going to hold more than this....
Not quite sure why they need improvements in the infrastructure given it's meant to be able to handle anything up to 25k (yes really!) on a Saturday afternoon. How big are the apartments and are they going to hold more than this.... Rememberscarborough
  • Score: -4

6:13pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
Not quite sure why they need improvements in the infrastructure given it's meant to be able to handle anything up to 25k (yes really!) on a Saturday afternoon.

How big are the apartments and are they going to hold more than this....
The stadium officially holds 28,000.
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: Not quite sure why they need improvements in the infrastructure given it's meant to be able to handle anything up to 25k (yes really!) on a Saturday afternoon. How big are the apartments and are they going to hold more than this....[/p][/quote]The stadium officially holds 28,000. Ernagy2
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Wed 4 Jun 14

waterbottle says...

Don't_Waste_My_Time wrote:
filthy6 They're all the same people who are just fiddling figures, It's nice to see that the council are promoting building away from the town centre that is crying out for development. Unless of course you're having a 700 pupil school built in the Asian community.. theyre all up for that .
What has the Asian community got to do with this story?
[quote][p][bold]Don't_Waste_My_Time[/bold] wrote: filthy6 They're all the same people who are just fiddling figures, It's nice to see that the council are promoting building away from the town centre that is crying out for development. Unless of course you're having a 700 pupil school built in the Asian community.. theyre all up for that .[/p][/quote]What has the Asian community got to do with this story? waterbottle
  • Score: 13

6:21pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

Folks, under the original plan Phil Gartside said this would be done without cost to BWFC. He proposed to get the money from 'Matched' Funding. This would involve getting money from different government departments and the local council - such as lottery grants and dept of education grants etc.

The club will get some funding from this. However to think you will get 100% matched funding without a private sector guarantor, I remain skeptical about. I still think the lottery will require at least 5% of private funding, if not 50%.

Good luck to the club with this.If I remember the original article there was some agreement with the debt being paid over the long term if this was approved and so this should be good for the club.

Though probably it's never going to be necessary, it does question whether the club can expand after this, i.e. increase it's gate, should it ever become really successful. Then again the way the FA is going about it's business football will probably be totally different to where it is now.
Folks, under the original plan Phil Gartside said this would be done without cost to BWFC. He proposed to get the money from 'Matched' Funding. This would involve getting money from different government departments and the local council - such as lottery grants and dept of education grants etc. The club will get some funding from this. However to think you will get 100% matched funding without a private sector guarantor, I remain skeptical about. I still think the lottery will require at least 5% of private funding, if not 50%. Good luck to the club with this.If I remember the original article there was some agreement with the debt being paid over the long term if this was approved and so this should be good for the club. Though probably it's never going to be necessary, it does question whether the club can expand after this, i.e. increase it's gate, should it ever become really successful. Then again the way the FA is going about it's business football will probably be totally different to where it is now. Ernagy2
  • Score: 3

10:07pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Reality50 says...

The club isn't skint as the debt is to the owner not the bank. This project is a good thing and will generate money and it will be good for the area.
The club isn't skint as the debt is to the owner not the bank. This project is a good thing and will generate money and it will be good for the area. Reality50
  • Score: 0

10:27pm Wed 4 Jun 14

J1Bean says...

OMG. As a local resident I cannot believe there is to be even more living accommodation and businesses in the area. Try going down the dual carriageway from the Beehive to the M61 on an evening between say 4.30 and 5.30 pm. The volume of traffic is horrendous. Also traffic coming from the offices behind Middlebrook towards Beehive and into Horwich. This place can't take any more new developments unless some serious changes are made to the roads.
OMG. As a local resident I cannot believe there is to be even more living accommodation and businesses in the area. Try going down the dual carriageway from the Beehive to the M61 on an evening between say 4.30 and 5.30 pm. The volume of traffic is horrendous. Also traffic coming from the offices behind Middlebrook towards Beehive and into Horwich. This place can't take any more new developments unless some serious changes are made to the roads. J1Bean
  • Score: 2

8:07am Thu 5 Jun 14

Ernagy2 says...

J1Bean wrote:
OMG. As a local resident I cannot believe there is to be even more living accommodation and businesses in the area. Try going down the dual carriageway from the Beehive to the M61 on an evening between say 4.30 and 5.30 pm. The volume of traffic is horrendous. Also traffic coming from the offices behind Middlebrook towards Beehive and into Horwich. This place can't take any more new developments unless some serious changes are made to the roads.
It acknowledges that their will be a need for some road improvements.
[quote][p][bold]J1Bean[/bold] wrote: OMG. As a local resident I cannot believe there is to be even more living accommodation and businesses in the area. Try going down the dual carriageway from the Beehive to the M61 on an evening between say 4.30 and 5.30 pm. The volume of traffic is horrendous. Also traffic coming from the offices behind Middlebrook towards Beehive and into Horwich. This place can't take any more new developments unless some serious changes are made to the roads.[/p][/quote]It acknowledges that their will be a need for some road improvements. Ernagy2
  • Score: 4

8:19pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Greasy Chip Butty says...

waterbottle wrote:
Don't_Waste_My_Time wrote:
filthy6 They're all the same people who are just fiddling figures, It's nice to see that the council are promoting building away from the town centre that is crying out for development. Unless of course you're having a 700 pupil school built in the Asian community.. theyre all up for that .
What has the Asian community got to do with this story?
Exactly, then we go on about playing the race card.....
Hope the scheme is a success, which I am sure it will be in the long run.
[quote][p][bold]waterbottle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Don't_Waste_My_Time[/bold] wrote: filthy6 They're all the same people who are just fiddling figures, It's nice to see that the council are promoting building away from the town centre that is crying out for development. Unless of course you're having a 700 pupil school built in the Asian community.. theyre all up for that .[/p][/quote]What has the Asian community got to do with this story?[/p][/quote]Exactly, then we go on about playing the race card..... Hope the scheme is a success, which I am sure it will be in the long run. Greasy Chip Butty
  • Score: 0

8:24pm Thu 5 Jun 14

thomas222 says...

Reality50 wrote:
The club isn't skint as the debt is to the owner not the bank. This project is a good thing and will generate money and it will be good for the area.
Not if you live in it Pal.
[quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: The club isn't skint as the debt is to the owner not the bank. This project is a good thing and will generate money and it will be good for the area.[/p][/quote]Not if you live in it Pal. thomas222
  • Score: 0

8:46pm Thu 5 Jun 14

J1Bean says...

thomas222 wrote:
Reality50 wrote:
The club isn't skint as the debt is to the owner not the bank. This project is a good thing and will generate money and it will be good for the area.
Not if you live in it Pal.
Exactly as for mentioning road improvements - seeing is believing and there haven't been any improvements around here for the last 17 years. More traffic and roads stay the same
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reality50[/bold] wrote: The club isn't skint as the debt is to the owner not the bank. This project is a good thing and will generate money and it will be good for the area.[/p][/quote]Not if you live in it Pal.[/p][/quote]Exactly as for mentioning road improvements - seeing is believing and there haven't been any improvements around here for the last 17 years. More traffic and roads stay the same J1Bean
  • Score: 0

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