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Planning approved! 25/11/21

Uncategorised Posted on Thu, November 25, 2021 18:22:11

Plans for football to return to Newbury’s Faraday Road approved – but council still intends to move football to Monks Lane

See the applications here:

Reference 20/01530/OUT
Application Validated Thu 13 Aug 2020
Address Newbury Football Club Newbury Football Club Faraday Road Newbury RG14 2AD
Proposal Outline permission for replacement of clubhouse and new spectator stand at Newbury Football Ground. Matters to be considered: Access and Layout.
Status Decided
Decision Approval
Decision Issued Date Thu 25 Nov 2021

Reference 20/01966/COMIND
Application Validated Tue 01 Sep 2020
Address Newbury Football Club Newbury Football Club Faraday Road Newbury RG14 2AD
Proposal Renewal and expansion of the existing football pitch to form a new 3G main pitch and a smaller 3G training / practice pitch
Status Decided
Decision Approval
Decision Issued Date Thu 25 Nov 2021

Huge cost for sports ‘hub’ 23/11/21

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, November 23, 2021 18:03:02

Extra £2m costs claims for Monks Lane Sports Hub in Newbury

ITV News report on Faraday Road 22/11/21

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, November 23, 2021 18:00:19

Football could return to Newbury site after four years without a home

(including interview with NCFG!)

Clandestine football ground demolition continues 03/11/21

Uncategorised Posted on Wed, November 03, 2021 18:30:10

Fence protest by Newbury town councillors at Faraday Road football ground

NCFG’s objection letter to Monks Lane with evidence 27/10/21

Uncategorised Posted on Wed, October 27, 2021 17:43:57

Sent to West Berkshire Councillors and Officers 21/10/21

NCFG response to Sports Hub Planning Application

Dear West Berkshire Councillors and Officers

Please find attached Newbury Community Football Group’s detailed response to the Sports Hub proposal and Planning Application

After a detailed review and evaluation and following meetings with Sport England, the FA and the Football Foundation, with regret NCFG cannot support this proposal as a replacement for the existing Newbury Football Ground at Faraday Road.

Furthermore, given the excessive costs, the loss-making business case, the priority (and exclusive financial inducements & free use) given to rugby-club use and the overall design, NCFG also object to the planning application as a standalone 3G football pitch and as such will formally object to Planning Application 21/02173/COMIND.

On top of capital costs of around £3m and based on West Berks Council’s own business case, the total running costs over the period of the lease to the West Berks Council Tax payer is £3.6m. It rises to £6.1m if you include the missing costs identified by Sport England. 

A total cost of £9.17m for a replacement scheme that is not of equivalent or better quality than Faraday Road Football Ground.

To spend this amount on a facility that is not a replacement football ground is an abhorrent waste of tax-payers money. As Sport England stated in their objections, this money could be much better spent on addressing the facility needs across West Berkshire.

The business case fails significantly as Newbury Rugby Club have not only negotiated an “extremely high rent “ (according to  Sport England) of £41k and receive a one-off “lease-premium” of £250,000, they have also managed to negotiate free access to premium slots of the 3G pitch as well as heavily discounted rates for other slots. This means that football teams have to not only pay a much higher rate than rugby teams, but that children’s football teams do not have access to many of the key slots, such as midweek evening for training and Sunday morning for matches – The net impact is a dramatic hit to revenue that forces the scheme to run at a loss every year for 40 years.

It is important to note that NCFG’s own Planning Application to redevelop Faraday Road with a 3G pitch and Step 4 ground grading  with expansion space to Step 2,  comes at a cost to the local tax payer of just £500k capital outlay (due to anticipated Football Foundation contributions). It also has a fully self-sustaining business case with no requirements for running cost support. It is of course rent free as a WBC property and allows full access to all, with no subsidised slots. Furthermore our business case has been formally approved by Sport England.

We would strongly recommend withdrawing from the currently negotiated proposals with Newbury Rugby Club and that an urgent review is carried out of the current governance, over-sight and experience of West Berkshire Council’s negotiating team.

All details can be found in the attached document:

Kind Regards

Lee McDougall


How much?!? 19/10/21

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, October 19, 2021 17:01:23

Sport England objects to Sports Hub plan at Newbury Rugby Club’s Monks Lane ground

WBC’s proposal for Monks Lane 12/10/21

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, October 12, 2021 18:46:55


The proposed development is for a single storey sports pavilion building and car park providing facilities and social space to support a proposed artificial turf pitch, F2(C). The proposed artificial turf pitch forms part of this application and includes fencing, storage, spectator seating and artificial lighting. The building will provide approximately 400m² of internal floor space of use class F2(B)

Newbury Rugby Football Club, Monks Lane, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG14 7RW

For more information about the proposals, details, plans, consultation, correspondence and objections see the Documents tab > View associated documents and scroll down…

A tale of 2 councils 12/10/21

Uncategorised Posted on Tue, October 12, 2021 18:25:27

Newbury Town Council’s application to renew the Faraday Road Football Ground as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) was approved by West Berkshire Council on the 20th of September.


West Berkshire Council withdraws its Faraday Road planning application to “demolish the ‘former’ clubhouse, create additional car parking on the site and to enable the temporary opening of the sports and recreation space whilst redevelopment plans were drawn up” and is to open temporary public sports and recreation space at the site by the end of the year.

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