Accrington Stanley FC have unveiled their latest redevelopment proposals for the Crown Ground.

The Reds have submitted a planning application to Hyndburn Council for a revamp of the area to the rear of the South Stand to bring facilities up to that “befitting” a club of its stature.

The plans form the latest step in the Livingstone Road stadium’s revamp following the reconstruction of a new all-seater Whinney Hill Stand in 2018, and installation of new floodlights before the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

The planning statement applies for permission for the demolition of existing building and associated turnstiles, entrances and temporary buildings to the rear of the South Stand, construction of replacement/upgraded player and manager areas, offices, hospitality areas, supporters bar and
turnstiles, and a new high level television camera gantry.

Accrington Stanley FC proposed South Stand elevation

The planning statement by Campbell Driver Partnership Architects says: “Having recently developed the Whinney Hill Stand (north) and created additional seating within former terraced areas of the south stand, the core aim of the development is to develop the public and customer facing side to the club, whilst providing a greater level of quality to staff and player amenity befitting of an English Football League Club.

“The enhancement of match day services such as the proposed supporters bar, hospitality suite and club shop aim to increase connection with the fan base and heighten the match day experience for local supporters.

Temporary buildings to be removed by Accrington Stanley as part of its south stand redevelopment

“Management and player areas are to be overhauled with new changing, shower room, physio areas with ancillary club staff and offices spaces.

“It is also envisaged that the replacement of existing dilapidated building and temporary buildings which house these existing facilities, all under one roof, will provide a more befitting complex for the area, and improve the nearby residential amenity through improved noise containment and aesthetic appearance.”

The proposals would also lead to a small increase in the number of car parking spaces from 158 to 174.

The design and access statement says the proposals represent “ongoing improvements” to the stadium facilities and general appearance of the ground and its immediate location.

LCC highways engineers have raised no objection to the proposal, subject to sufficient cycle and electric vehicle charging being provided on site.

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