Blackburn Rovers have confirmed details for the public consultation on plans to build a new fully integrated state-of-the-art training facility in Brockhall Village.
The club is looking to create the best platform for future success with the development of a single, elite training facility for both the first team and the Academy.
Under the plans, the new integrated training centre would be built on the site of the current Junior Training Centre (JTC). The club would cross-finance the new training centre by redeveloping the site of the current Senior Training Centre to build up to 170 homes, a new local convenience store, new public open space and a children’s play area.
This would also open up currently private land to become publicly accessible and benefit the whole Brockhall community.
The proposals for both sites are inextricably linked, meaning the residential development can only go ahead in conjunction with the building of the new training facility.
Steve Waggott, Chief Executive of Blackburn Rovers, said: "This is about future-proofing the club. It’s about investing, modernising, making best use of our assets, and creating a platform for success on and off the pitch.
"It’s a proven model. England do it at St George’s Park, many Premier League clubs are doing it and so are a number of our current direct competitors in the Championship. Integrating the whole training set-up is the right move for us and will help us become a stronger club.
"We’re working within a planning process with Ribble Valley Borough Council and we’re looking to establish the principle of whether we can do this – consulting the local community, the club’s fanbase and a wide range of stakeholders is a really important part of it.
"Today, we’re confirming the dates and details for the consultation and highlighting how people can get involved."
The formal public consultation period will run from Thursday March 11th to Friday March 19th 2021.
All feedback provided during the consultation will be considered by the project team ahead of finalising the proposals and submitting our outline planning applications to Ribble Valley Borough Council this spring.
The club has already begun sharing the story with fans, the local community and other stakeholders, with more activity to follow in the lead up to March 11th, including sending details to every Royal Mail registered property in Brockhall Village and Old Langho.
The formal public consultation period is part of the recommended process for pre-application engagement set out by Ribble Valley Borough Council.
How to submit feedback to the consultation
To find out more about the proposals and to submit feedback, visit our website, which will go live shortly ahead of the March 11th date: www.roverstogetheratbrockhall.uk
Here, you can view the proposals and submit feedback via an interactive map or questionnaire on our website, making it straightforward to provide comments.
Because of Covid-19, this will be a digital-led consultation and we will not be hosting a public exhibition due to public health guidelines.