Project Castle Relocation
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As much of the Kenilworth Community are aware, Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club are relocating as part as a redevelopment plan for Kenilworth
Please find illustrated information and images of proposed plans at this stage (please click on images to enlarge).
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Kenilworth Wardens Cricket Club (KW) is currently located at Glasshouse Lane on the east
of Kenilworth. The club grounds form part of a wider site which has been allocated as a
strategic site for comprehensive redevelopment within the 2017 Warwick Local Plan. To
release this land for development, KW will need to relocate to the playing fields to the west
of Castle Farm Leisure Centre. This area has been allocated within the Local Plan for
outdoor sports and recreation space. As part of this move, a new clubhouse will be built to
replace their Glasshouse Lane facilities bringing it in line with current standards. The
existing playing fields will be redeveloped and extended, providing much needed quality
sporting facilities to the Town. Cricket provision will be made for three cricket squares at
Castle Farm. The football provisions at Glasshouse Lane will be replicated at Castle Farm
and combined with the existing football provisions, which will be upgraded, alongside this will
be a new all-weather football pitch to the north of the fields. A multi-use games area will
enhance the offering to potential new sports teams with a new Netball team already keen to
establish a base in Kenilworth. Kenilworth Running Club will be provided with purpose-built
tracks around the perimeter of the fields connecting to public footpaths in the locality. Along
with the new clubhouse and bar/café with flexible bookable function and meeting room
spaces this enhanced and extended site will be able to deliver a quality centre for Cricket ,
Football, Running, and minority sports to Kenilworth and the wider local community.
Field 1 immediately adjacent to Castle Farm Leisure Centre will remain largely unchanged
with unrestricted access. The main clubhouse, associated parking and largest of the three
cricket pitches will occupy the current playing fields area known as field 2, along with the
new all-weather pitch and Multi-use games area and cricket nets. A 10m wide perimeter
area with a dog walkers path will be provided around this field with a low ball fence and
planting to maintain views across the site. This dog walker’s path will connect to the
diverted and enhanced bridle way that will run around the bottom edge of the new Field 3
playing fields extension.
Wardens’ current ground at Glasshouse Park is part of a wider site allocated for strategic
redevelopment within the 2017 Warwick Local Plan. Wardens need to relocate to land allocated for
outdoor sport and recreational use at Castle Farm to facilitate the Local Plan.
Progress to Date:
Our first set of proposals for the development of the outdoor sporting facilities at Castle Farm.
These proposals bring together the sometime competing needs of sporting facilities, the general
public, the environment, the ecology and green belt, and local residents.
These proposals are prepared for the first stage of consultation. A further developed set of plans
will be consulted on again just before and during the planning approval stage in early 2020. As they
stand, the proposals:
- Deliver the sporting facilities required in line with Sport England requirements, the planned
needs for WDC sporting provision, and the needs to Kenilworth Wardens
- Sets out the ground in a way that seeks to balance maintaining footpaths around the site,
with ground security and safety, and maintaining an open, visual aspect to the ground
- Delivers access to the ground in line with guidance from Warwickshire County Council on
issues of local roads and traffic
The proposals include:
- Three cricket squares and between 12 and 13 football pitches – depending on final mix of
pitch sizes (Number of pitches and squares will enable all Wardens teams to play ‘at home’)
- Full sized 3G all-weather football pitch
- All weather and grass cricket nets facility
- ‘MUGA’ all weather multi-sports and training area
- All-weather and MUGA facilities floodlit with latest directional floodlighting to eliminate light
- Two storey club house with changing facilities and social areas
- Low level fencing around sports in ‘field 2’, with a 10m wide walking area around the outside
of the fencing
- On-site car parking for 80 vehicles – plus 40 overflow spaces
- Pedestrian access to main Castle Farm car park
- Consultation and planning application – early 2020
- Start work on site – August 2020
- First football on site – September 2022
- First cricket on site – April 2023
Our Aim: To deliver a first class sporting facility for Warwick District, the Town of Kenilworth, and its
Community, that we can all be proud of.