Tranmere Rovers applies to develop 50 new homes
Tranmere Rovers FC has submitted a planning application to Wirral council to build 50 new homes on part of its car park at Prenton Park in the Wirral.
The football club wants to develop the residential units on three acres of its land behind the Bebington Kop stand. The site covers around two-thirds of the existing car park around the ground in addition to a vacant van sale site facing Borough Road.
If plans are approved, the development would involve a number of buildings behind the stand being flattened, including a social club, function room and an indoor training facility. The current buildings are considered to be in "poor or very poor condition", according to Tranmere'schief executive, Mick Horton.
He said the club intends to relocate facilities lost to the development at the club's proposed new training facility, at Woodchurch leisure centre, or within the existing accommodation at Prenton Park.
Mr Horton says: "The car parking area in question has been surplus to requirements for some considerable time and the remaining car park spaces are adequate for our match day and non-match day use. The former van sale site has been vacant for some years."
This is not the first time that Tranmere has applied to develop new homes.
Last year, Wirral council approved a bid by the club to build 90 homes on its nearby Ingleborough Road playing fields, along with a linked application to redevelop the council-owned Woodchurch leisure centre as the club's new training complex.