- Client: Burnley Football Club
- Location: Gawthorpe, Burnley
- Sector: Sport & Leisure
Zerum acted as planning consultant to gain planning permission to create a state-of-the-art training ground at the football clubs training ground at Gawthorpe. The scheme included the erection of a new indoor training facility with associated outdoor football pitches and floodlighting. Development of the new facility will form the centre piece of both First Team and Youth Academy Teams.
The Application was accompanied by a full suite of supporting documents including a Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, Ecological Assessment and a Heritage Assessment.
The site presented a number of challenges, including its location within the Green Belt and its position immediately adjacent to the Grade I Listed Building Gawthorpe Hall.
A major factor in the decision making process was the ability of the new site to accommodate the population of wintering birds who currently utilise the site. Given the sensitivities of the site, discussions were held with numerous local bodies and statutory consultees including, Historic England, The National Trust and the RSPB. The building and landscaping were also sensitively designed, including the use of natural materials and a green roof, to ensure limited as limited impact on the existing heritage assets as possible.
Burnley F.C. completed their new training facility in time for the 2017/18 season.
In addition, Zerum were also instructed to submit a planning application for new disabled supporter facilities at the club's Turf Moor Stadium.