A spokesman said: “We believe that the community will be tremendously excited and proud about our new vision. Today marks the start of our consultation process and we hope that everyone will feel a sense of pride and excitement in what we are proposing.”
Meanwhile, the plans were due to be presented to councillors this afternoon at a meeting of the Council’s planning applications committee.
Planning permission is necessary because the new proposals, which supersede the previous blueprint, mothballed due to lack of funds, mismanagement and the economic recession,, will include a 230-bedroom hotel, indoor football pitch, sports hall and housing complex.
A full planning application is expected to be submitted next month, which should be formally considered by the Council in May or June, allowing construction to start in November if the scheme is approved.
All this may sound very familiar and provoke thoughts of lip service in respect of consultation with the public and lack of ambition, illustrated by the downsizing of the original proposals. I shall be going along to the exhibition on Friday and I shall let the applicant know my views.
This is nothing to do with Latics, but the latest step in the saga about the Football Association’s latest plans for what is supposed to be “the most modern national football centre in the world’ at Byrkley Lodge, Rangemore, Burton-on-Trent.