Rugby club move a step closer to reality
A sports ground at Wymondham will be transformed into a retirement care community village if relocation plans are approved by district planners. The town's rugby club has moved a step closer to its goal of moving to a new, larger and more modern ground by submitting a planning application to South Norfolk Council, having unveiled the proposals at public exhibition in July.
A sports ground at Wymondham will be transformed into a retirement care community village if relocation plans are approved by district planners.
The town's rugby club has moved a step closer to its goal of moving to a new, larger and more modern ground by submitting a planning application to South Norfolk Council, having unveiled the proposals at public exhibition in July.
With more than 450 regular players and a growing membership across all ages, the existing ground off Tuttles Lane East is proving inadequate, and consent is being sought to expand to a new site off Norwich Common. This would enable the club to provide improved facilities and build on the success it enjoyed last season - winning promotion, and being crowned Norfolk senior rugby champions for the first time.
However, in order fund the relocation project the club needs to redevelop its existing premises, and has put forward proposals for the retirement 'village' in partnership with builder Pelham Holdings and the landowners. The complex would include 24 two-bedroom houses, 66 two-bedroom apartments with care provided, a nursing home for 80 people, and a 25-bed unit for elderly mentally ill patients.
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There would also be administration and community facilities including a gym, pharmacy, doctors' surgery, restaurant and a small convenience store.
Martin Crook president of Wymondham Rugby Club, said: “We were pleased with the public's overwhelming support when we consulted them in July. This has encouraged us to move ahead with the proposals which will provide Wymondham with first class sporting facilities and new homes, and excellent facilities for our elderly population.”
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All the funds from the sale of the current ground that the rugby club received would be spend on the relocation. It is also seeking additional funding for the new facilities from Sports England. Wymondham Athletics Club, which also uses the existing ground, would move with the rugby players to the new site.
South Norfolk is currently consulting on the proposals. The deadline for comments is November 14.