Residents in Alsager will benefit from a range of new high-quality sports and leisure facilities at the former MMU site, with additional upgraded provision at the town’s adjacent leisure centre.
Formerly the Manchester Metropolitan University campus, the land is now owned by David Wilson Homes who are set to both redevelop the sports facilities and make a financial contribution towards additional amenities at the council-owned Alsager Leisure Centre.
The plan would give the town of Alsager enviable and extensive sports and leisure facilities, alongside the provision of 400 new homes on the remainder of the MMU site. This follows a previous planning consent for the redevelopment of the campus.
The developer has agreed to lay out new grass pitches, create two artificial pitches – for hockey and football - install floodlighting and fencing, construct a new pavilion, changing rooms and car park. The company will also make a financial contribution towards extending the existing gymnasium and the creation of two new health and fitness studios at the council’s nearby leisure centre.
By transferring ownership to Cheshire East Council, with the facilities to be managed by the council’s trust Everybody Sport and Recreation, this will meet the requirements set out by Sport England that sustainable sports facilities and open space will be provided and managed.
Redevelopment of the former MMU sports facilities represents an investment of £4.8m, while a further £486,000 is invested in the existing Alsager Leisure Centre.
Councillor Don Stockton, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This is fantastic news for Alsager as it will see new playing pitches and a range of sports and leisure amenities provided for the residents of the town.
“The council is committed to providing quality leisure and sports facilities as part of our policy to help our residents to live long and healthy lives.
“With the council’s independent trust Everybody Sport and Recreation taking over management of the facilities, this is expected to meet the requirements set out by Sport England to ensure the town’s leisure and sports offer is protected and sustained.”