Stockport County FC is launching a public consultation on proposals to expand and improve Edgeley Park.
Stockport County Football Club’s long-term aspirations took an important step forward today with the launch of a public consultation calling for views on proposals to expand and improve the stadium at Edgeley Park.
The consultation, the first of two phases, will include advisory events for local residents and club supporters to attend, present emerging plans and speak to the project team.
The plans, which follow the club’s vision to return to the championship, include a phased approach to investing in infrastructure, to ensure sustainable growth.
Ken Knott, Stockport County FC’s non-executive chairman said:
“Edgeley Park has been our home since 1902 and the club has been a major part of the community in Stockport for 120 years. With our ambition to play football again, we have a real opportunity to invest in the stadium and create not only the sporting facilities we need, but to create a ripple effect that reaches into Stockport itself. , which strengthens the city and its economy.
“We know it will take time to get promoted to the Championship, and it will take time to present the emerging plans; by proposing a phased delivery of new stands, culminating in a final capacity of around 20,000 seats, we can reduce the impact on the club and our neighbours, while still playing at home. .
“Involving our neighbors and supporters early in the process of designing these expansion plans is very important to us. Our aim is to create excitement and ambition not only within the club, but across Stockport.”
Edgeley Park’s expanded vision includes all-new East (railway) and South (together) stands, bringing each roughly in line with the height of the current Cheadle End, and an expansion to the North (Bergara) Stand to run the full length of the course. All of these things combined would raise the stadium’s capacity to nearly 20,000. There are no plans to expand the Cheadle End Stand itself. The proposals will ensure full access to the entire stadium with completely new facilities, with new food and beverage offerings and hospitality areas, as well as a flexible 30,000 square foot workspace in the new east wing.
The club has committed to two phases of public consultation before seeking year-end planning submissions, which will outline a vision for the entire expansion as well as more detailed plans for the eastern platform. These will be the first stands to be redeveloped, starting in the summer of 2023.
The significant investment in Edgeley Park also represents an opportunity to improve the stadium’s environmental performance and support Stockport and Greater Manchester’s carbon reduction goals. The club will also work on a travel plan, with the aim of encouraging fans to travel for matches using sustainable travel methods and minimizing impacts on the local community.
As part of the first phase of the consultation, public court sessions are held on the following dates:
- Wednesday 28The tenth September: 10am-1pm, Held in Suite 1883
- Wednesday 28The tenth September: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Held in the 1883 . Suite
- Thursday 29The tenth September: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Held in the 1883 . Suite
- Saturday 1Street October: 11 am – 2 pm. The game kicks off at our home at 3pm and we’ll be outside to greet the fans
Information can also be accessed on the counseling website: www.stockportcounty.com/stadiumexpansion