PROGRESS LAND MEDIA RELEASE
28th September 2017
Exciting Opportunities for Wadebridge Camels and Cyclists
Updated 15:56 - 4 Oct 2017 by Camels Committee
Truro – based Progress Land Ltd has submitted a Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) for the first stage in their community development vison for Wadebridge. This PPA includes a new rugby pitch for Wadebridge Camels and a Park and Cycle. A meeting date to discuss the proposal is currently being agreed by Cornwall Council.
Graham Fincham, Director of Progress Land commented:
“This new pitch with an expanded car park for the park and cycle is the first part of a phased development for the area. We are pleased to be working with Wadebridge Camels to help this wonderful club secure more space for a second pitch. As part of our commitment to sustainable transport, we are keen to work with others to explore how the site can be linked into an improved off-site cycle network into Wadebridge town centre.”
The current Chairman of Wadebridge Camels, Jon Hughes, has a bold vision for this well-loved Club’s future. Jon wants to see the Club obtain a much needed second pitch at the ground.
This summer the Club has worked hard with outside events to raise funds which have been invested in improvements in the clubhouse to the kitchen and new flooring for the changing rooms. Recently the club invested in a new female/ referees changing room with a family room where the players’ children can play safely on match days.
As Jon says:
“I am really proud of our achievements. We compete well in our current league with teams from Devon and Cornwall. The club is run by volunteers and we really love the game at its grassroots heart. We are proud of our community and especially our sponsors who provide us with so much support.
We have teams from Minis – Under 7 years to Under 11 years, and teams in every age group under 16’s both boys and girls. We have a great reputation for growing talent – we have developed young players who have progressed to more senior clubs such as Bath, Cornish Pirates, with Ollie Barkley being our most famous representative having played for Bath and England.
However, we are desperate for space. We have to hire pitches every week out of the town which incurs additional transport costs for players and parents alike. We cannot control the quality of the ground and it is a logistical challenge moving players and coaches around.
We continue to hold community events at the club such as a well organised and supported firework display in November and the clubhouse is available for hire to members of the public.
I am really clear about what our Club needs to secure its future, and this land will provide that security for years to come. We are known as Cornwall’s sleeping giant – well, I want us to wake up.
I know we can work with the team at Progress Land and our community so that Wadebridge has a Rugby Club that can keep producing players for the future and provide high quality and exciting matches.
The opportunity to have another pitch that we can use for training would be wonderful and the opportunity for an additional pitch as part of the Church Park development by Progress Land is just outstanding, we will be right at the gateway to Wadebridge.”
Graham Fincham, Director of Progress Land continued:
“We will shortly submit a separate revised planning application for a sustainable new neighbourhood providing much needed new homes and facilities for the local community. The scheme has been designed to respond to the landscape characteristics of the site, with public open space making up one third of the total scheme. Substantial areas of parkland, natural greenspace and play areas will provide new opportunities for recreation, leisure and fitness and I am really pleased that Wadebridge Camels will benefit.
There is a lot to do and we look forward to consulting with the community, the EPC and the Town Council.”
Location Drawing showing the site for the development is attached.
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