The overall development scheme has a large value in terms of investment producing substantial community, economic, educational and social benefits plus inward investment and vitality for the Hastings area.
Tilekiln Playing Fields has been selected as the site for a new football development because firstly it is owned by Hastings Borough Council, secondly it is the only site available large enough to accommodate the proposals put forward, thirdly it sits in an area that has good road access from all areas and fourthly it is favourably located in an area that is more industrial than residential in type.
The project team have been working collaboratively with Hastings Borough Council, the planning authority for the proposed football park. The required pre-planning application was submitted and a full planning application is on course to be submitted in September 2020.
The facilities proposed for inclusion in the scheme include the following:
- Football stadium with an initial capacity of 1,950 – Stadium main stand will have changing rooms, football academy facilities including classrooms, function suite, sports bar, offices, laundry, sports therapy suite and corporate facilities – Covered terraces will also be in place behind each goal and a seated stand will be located opposite the main stand – The stadium will be future proofed to enable increases in capacity.
- Two floodlit 3G football pitches.
- Changing room block to service 3G pitches.
- Off road car parking.
- Multi Use Games Area specifically for the community.
There is a plan for a phase 2 which might include the development of a sports hall, petanque courts and health & fitness centre.