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Start date: 2021-01-18
End date: 2021-02-28
Results: 2021-03-30

Proposal for a new sports ground at Newbury Rugby Club

Have your say

This consultation is closed.


In February 2020, the council approved the Playing Pitch Strategy, which is a strategic assessment that provides an up-to-date analysis of supply and demand for playing pitches (grass and artificial) in West Berkshire. The strategy and evidence base used national guidance and facility insight from Sport England and governing bodies of sport, eg the Football Association, the Rugby Football Union and the English Cricket Board.

The assessment focused on outdoor facilities for the main sports played across West Berkshire:

  1. Football
  2. Rugby Union
  3. Cricket
  4. Hockey

The highlights of the assessment were as follows:

  • A deficit of pitches, but not across all age ranges/sports types
  • A deficit of artificial grass pitches
  • A need to replace Faraday Road Sports Ground at Step 6 requirements
  • An opportunity to reduce the deficit by working with schools to increase community use of their existing facilities and develop new facilities on their sites

The strategic importance of creating a new, fit-for-purpose community sports ground is significant. The council has undertaken feasibility studies of a number of potential sites, to assess their suitability as a sports ground. The feasibility study for Newbury Rugby Club has demonstrated that this is a very practical option.

Why we want your views

We'd like your views on our pdf icon proposal for a new sports ground [610kb] at Newbury Rugby Club. In particular, we'd like to know whether you support the proposal and the construction of an artificial pitch, what facilities you'd like to see at the ground, and whether this new sports ground will give you more opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity. 

The survey should take approximately ten minutes to complete and your feedback will be used to inform the details of an application for planning permission, should we agree Heads of Terms with Newbury Rugby Club and Executive Members decide to proceed with the proposal.

If you have any questions about this proposal, please contact Paul Anstey - Head of Public Protection.

What happens next

Following the Executive meeting being held on 25 March 2021, a summary of the responses and the decision taken will be posted on this page. Any future planning application will be subject to a separate statutory consultation. 

If the decision is taken not to proceed with a new sports ground at Newbury Rugby club, then other options will be considered, and a further consultation undertaken.