Homes plan unveiled for fire-ravaged Rossendale United site

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

PLANS have been drawn up - in the wake of a devastating fire - for 50 new homes at the historic former home of Rossendale United.

Andrew Connolly, owner of the Dark Lane ground, says it would help to repay some of the former Vodkat League club’s debts to the taxman.

United were kicked out of the league during the 2009-10 season because of financial problems and the Newchurch stadium has been a target for vandals for arsonists.

This culminated in a major fire on January 15 which gutted the main stand and took 30 firefighters to bring under control.

Consultants have produced proposals for a mix of terraced and semi-detached properties, with an access road off Staghills Road.

Mr Connolly believes that the package could generate a cash injection for sport in the valley and prevent the ground from becoming a blight on the community.

He has employed Bury-based Maze Planning Solutions to market the housing plans after failing to find a buyer for the club.

Andrew Watt, Maze spokesman, said: “The recent devastating fire was the final straw. It has underlined the need for us to pick up the pace and establish a future for the site as soon as possible.

“We need to build more and better quality homes in our country for the next generation, and those homes need to be of a high environmental standard to help cut carbon emissions.

“The land at Dark Lane is well placed to deliver those objectives. It is situated in an established residential area and could be a great location for new family housing.”

The public consultation exercise will begin with the proposals going on show at Rawtenstall Library from February 22.

An open day is planned at the Dark Lane social club on March 1, from 2pm to 8pm, and the plans can be viewed on line at www.darklanedevelopments.co.uk

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9:34am Wed 15 Feb 12

Gob says...

"The final straw"....erm no, I'm pretty sure that building houses was the plan all along. Shame that such a historic team and ground has been disbanded and an even bigger shame that it is suggested that sport in the valley will benefit in some way (laughable)...only one obvious winner here!
"The final straw"....erm no, I'm pretty sure that building houses was the plan all along. Shame that such a historic team and ground has been disbanded and an even bigger shame that it is suggested that sport in the valley will benefit in some way (laughable)...only one obvious winner here! Gob
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1:04pm Wed 15 Feb 12

gillbacup says...

What a joke ! Is it coincidence that the fire happened or has this been the plan all along ! Only one person is going to benefit from this. Staghills road is a nightmare to drive on at the best of times to add more houses will just make it worse.
What a joke ! Is it coincidence that the fire happened or has this been the plan all along ! Only one person is going to benefit from this. Staghills road is a nightmare to drive on at the best of times to add more houses will just make it worse. gillbacup
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3:30pm Wed 15 Feb 12

GAC says...

“We need to build more and better quality homes in our country for the next generation, and those homes need to be of a high environmental standard to help cut carbon emissions."

yes and im sure they will be a nice price tag attached to these homes and with the total lack of invesntment in jobs no one local will be able to afford to buy one, so more people will be moving in who will comute to manchester or further afield.

same old story yet again. wonder how much RBC are getting this time from the developer ????
“We need to build more and better quality homes in our country for the next generation, and those homes need to be of a high environmental standard to help cut carbon emissions." yes and im sure they will be a nice price tag attached to these homes and with the total lack of invesntment in jobs no one local will be able to afford to buy one, so more people will be moving in who will comute to manchester or further afield. same old story yet again. wonder how much RBC are getting this time from the developer ???? GAC
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4:47pm Wed 15 Feb 12

northernlass05 says...

Well, well, well..... that didint take Mr Connolly long at all did it.

The one thing stopping houses being build on that site was the football club and he soon put paid to that....

He may not of personally lit the match that saw the stand destroyed but he might as well of done....after all he has got what he wanted now.... providing his plans get passed that is!
Well, well, well..... that didint take Mr Connolly long at all did it. The one thing stopping houses being build on that site was the football club and he soon put paid to that.... He may not of personally lit the match that saw the stand destroyed but he might as well of done....after all he has got what he wanted now.... providing his plans get passed that is! northernlass05
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10:47pm Wed 15 Feb 12

Footie Fan says...

"Andrew Connolly...says it would help to repay some of the former Vodkat League club’s debts to the taxman."

Some of the debts?! I suspect he'll be making a tidy profit too!

Why does he insist on playing the victim in all this? I'd rather he was just honest and said that he's had enough and it's time to get his money back.
"Andrew Connolly...says it would help to repay some of the former Vodkat League club’s debts to the taxman." Some of the debts?! I suspect he'll be making a tidy profit too! Why does he insist on playing the victim in all this? I'd rather he was just honest and said that he's had enough and it's time to get his money back. Footie Fan
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10:48pm Wed 15 Feb 12

BeautifulSouth says...

Absolutely disgraceful! Well done Mr Connolly, you have got your way. Hope the match didn't burn your fingers. "Mr Connolly believes that the package could generate a cash injection for sport in the valley" - the only cash injection for sport will be your skiing holidays. YOU ran this club into the ground and now YOU will benefit by lining your pocket by, rather convieniently, putting houses on the ground. I feel desperately for the supporters of Rossendale United, who have been trampled on by Mr Connolly and will now see the final nail in the coffin.
Absolutely disgraceful! Well done Mr Connolly, you have got your way. Hope the match didn't burn your fingers. "Mr Connolly believes that the package could generate a cash injection for sport in the valley" - the only cash injection for sport will be your skiing holidays. YOU ran this club into the ground and now YOU will benefit by lining your pocket by, rather convieniently, putting houses on the ground. I feel desperately for the supporters of Rossendale United, who have been trampled on by Mr Connolly and will now see the final nail in the coffin. BeautifulSouth
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