Huge step forward for whitebank planning

Date published: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

GO-AHEAD for Oldham Rugby League Club to put a temporary office on land inside the Whitebank Stadium was a huge step forward for Roughyeds, said chairman Chris Hamilton.

“This will be just the start of a very long journey,” he added, “but in terms of building our permanent base at Whitebank this puts down an important marker.

“We are delighted that the application went through, and went through unanimously.”

Oldham Planning Committee approved plans for an on-site two-storey unit which will become the club’s office block and enable the operation to move from its present location in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton to its new home at Whitebank.

As a temporary building, the unit will be covered in planning terms for the next five years.

One of several conditions requires the club to pay for the land to be surveyed for badgers, a protected species, by a suitably qualified ecologist.

If the survey were to reveal the presence of badger setts the development would be delayed until the club had satisfied the local planning authority that it could take measures to avoid possible harm and disruption to the badgers.

Roughyeds have also had numerous discussions with the club architects, Nicol Thomas Ltd, and other advisers with regard to further developments at the ground.

Nothing can be completed until negotiations regarding land purchase are concluded, but Roughyeds are confident that the land issue will be finalised in the next four weeks.