Virginia Water FC, The Timbers, Crown Rd, Virginia Water GU25 4HS
Fernbank Farm, Bridge Lane, Virginia Water GU25 4DX
Welcome to the public consultation relating to the proposed relocation of Virginia Water Community Football Club and provision of a new Barchester Nursing Home on Fernbank Farm, Bridge Lane, Virginia Water in support of a proposed detailed planning application for the redevelopment of the site.
This project aims to deliver the relocation of Virginia Water Community Football Club to a more suitable site location, as well as deliver a high-quality nursing home for 64 No residents within beautifully landscaped gardens.
The existing ground and facilities of Virginia Water community football club off Crown Road cannot be upgraded to meet the Ground Grading Standards required by the Football Association to enable the club to stay in their current league.
In order to overcome the everyday challenges of inferior and outgrown facilities Virginia Water Community FC have been ground-sharing with Windsor FC and Bedfont FC for some years, with the risk of the club slowly losing its identity as a consequence
The Team Involved
100 Years of Football
2021 will mark the centenary year of the community football club in Virginia Water. With the uncertainty relating to its future and the risk of loss of valued local facilities in mind, the club’s owners and officials have been searching for an alternative site in the locality that could become the new home for the club and secure its future for the next generations.
It became evident that the only way of achieving the necessary relocation and upgrade was through partnership with a respected sympathetic organisation which could support the move.
Discussions began with Barchester Healthcare Ltd in 2019 on the proposed site with the aim of securing the future of the VWCFC for the next 100 years and to provide a clubhouse facility for the inclusive benefit of the local community including all age groups.
Virginia Water Community Football Club, Barchester Healthcare Ltd and their design and technical team have been working closely together in developing the feasibility and principles of the proposed design.
Virginia Water Community FC has been in existence since 1920 and has a history of gaining financial support (patronage) from the Crown, during the reign of King Edward VIII and King George VI in the 1930s.
The current clubhouse on Crown Road was opened in 1969 and named ‘The Timbers’ after one of the club founders Harry Timbers. In 2017/ 2018, the club achieved its highest playing level in the club’s history by gaining promotion to Step 5 of the non-league pyramid in the Hellenic Premier Division.
The club run 3 senior teams (first, development & reserves) and 5 youth teams. They are an FA Charter Standard Club with the aim to provide friendly, competitive football for all, developing players from a young age and providing them with a pathway into adult football.
Today King George V Playing Fields is owned by the Fields in Trust and have to remain open to public use as a park facility. In order for the club teams to be able to continue playing at their current level these facilities need to be upgraded to meet FA standards. These standards include, amongst others, securely fenced pitch areas and turnstile access, which is not possible given the obligation to guarantee access for public use.
Upgraded facilities would put VWCFC on a ‘level playing field’ with their neighbouring football clubs in Windsor, Ascot, Egham, Staines & Binfield. This requires substantial investment from the Football foundation which has been secured for the benefit of the club and the community. Due to the funding route all facilities have to be compliant with Sport England
Subject to obtaining planning permission this year, construction is anticipated to start in spring 2021 with completion by summer 2022.
The Club & the Nursing Home
Barchester Healthcare Ltd are providers of more than 200 high-quality nursing homes across England, Wales
Over the years Barchester Healthcare have engaged with and invested in other communities on similar ventures to provide not only high quality community healthcare but also assist with the delivery of community facilities.
In this spirit the intention is or the land to be gifted to the Virginia Water Community Football Club in perpetuity, thereby securing its long-term future for the next generations and beyond this century
Virginia Water Community Football Club
Barchester Healthcare Ltd
12 Finsbury Square
Ascot Design Ltd.
39/51 High Street
Berkshire SL5 7HY
The Planning Consultant
Woolf Bond Planning
Three Mile Cross
The Club & Community
The current home of Virginia Water Football Club consists of two grass football pitches and clubhouse within the grounds of King George V Playing Fields off Crown Road. The existing clubhouse has a large function area, kitchen, bar, toilets and changing facilities. The clubhouse is available for event hire amongst its members as well as the wider community.
The overriding aim of this scheme is to provide an inclusive and accessible community and sporting hub for people of all ages and abilities.
The proposed facilities will include:
• a new clubhouse with covered seating
• 1 full-size pitch
• 1 5-a-side pitch
• parking for 81 cars & 2 coaches
The club has forged links with Manorcroft United FC who will be a key partner club. With improved facilities the club hopes to extend its offering to make football accessible to a wider part of the community:
• new youth boys teams, by introducing new U7 teams
• new youth girls teams
• new women’s recreation team
• 2 new disability teams
• an academy programme for 16-18-year-olds
• a wildcats centre for girls aged 5-10 years
• a just play centre for adult males.
The development of this 3G artificial pitch and new clubhouse will result in a much needed new home for Virginia Water FC and a venue that is compliant with FA ground grading requirements for their league status.
The new facilities will enable the club to offer a broader range of clubs and activities available to the local community, including the creation of additional youth teams, academic programmes as well as disability teams.
The Club House
The proposed clubhouse with its new facilities will reinstate the identity of Virginia Water Community Football Club and provide a flexible space for multiple uses related to the club as well as the wider community. As with the existing facilities at The Timbers, the new clubhouse s envisaged to be available for hire for club
members as well as the wider community.
The clubhouse has been designed in line with Sport England standards and is fully accessible.
The proposed clubhouse will consist of:
• multi-use club room with kitchen and bar area
• visiting club officials’ area
• fitness facilities and
• flexible community classroom
• team, officials & female changing rooms & toilets
• ticket sales
The proposed clubhouse and grounds have been designed to be fully wheel-chair accessible with a lift to provide access to both floors of the clubhouse.
Disabled WCs are provided on both floors of the building, and wheelchair accessible spectator spaces are located on the balcony level.
8 No disabled parking spaces are proposed in close proximity to the clubhouse.
We Would Be Grateful For Your Feedback!
We hope that you have found this exhibition helpful in explaining the proposals to you.
The project will be of significant benefit to Virginia Water and its residents and we hope we will have your support for the forthcoming planning application. It would be helpful if you could complete one of the questionnaires.
Your opinion matters to us and we would be grateful to receive your feedback. Members of the project team are available to discuss the proposal with you and answer any questions you may have. Your comments will contribute to the final outcome of the scheme, and as such will be considered before finalising the planning application.
Thank you for your time and for showing an interest in the future of Virginia Water Community Football Club!
Comments & Support
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Ascot Design Ltd.
39/51 High Street
Berkshire SL5 7HY