Derby County: Rams' training centre plans approved

Ariel photograph showing the area around Moor Farm Image copyright Matthew Montague Architects
Image caption Derby County's Moor Farm training centre (shaded blue), with the areas of the application in red

Plans to expand Derby County Football Club's training centre have been unexpectedly granted.

The club submitted two applications to Erewash Borough Council to extend their facilities at Moor Farm.

Officers recommended the proposals be refused, but councillors chose to override their concerns and instead rubberstamped the plans.

The application will now go through due process before being sent to the Secretary of State for final approval.

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Club chief executive Sam Rush and academy manager Darren Wassall spoke at the borough council's planning meeting, with head coach Paul Clement and defender Richard Keogh also present alongside chief operating officer John Vicars.

Mr Rush said: "The training centre will be constructed to the highest possible standards and will be a legacy for both the local community and for the football club."

The proposals:

  • Three outdoor football pitches and one outdoor five-a-side pitch
  • A pavilion building including two spectator stands
  • 291 additional car parking spaces
  • A new sports hall containing one indoor football pitch and one futsal pitch
  • A link bridge between the extended academy building and the proposed indoor pitch
  • A groundsman's yard including stores, bunkers and an irrigation tank

Concerns over the plans had been raised by nearby residents over traffic, the size of the buildings and the lack of public consultation.

Officers had also cited the fact the Moor Farm site was on green belt land, and the extension plans would therefore be "inappropriate".

Work on the training ground is expected to begin in the early part of next year.

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Image caption Derby County head coach Paul Clement was present at the planning committee meeting

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