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Council to address long-delayed University of Bolton Stadium plans

University of Bolton Stadium, the home of English League One football club Bolton Wanderers, is set to be considered for redevelopment under a proposed wide-ranging plan that has lain dormant for a number of years.

The Bolton News said the scheme, plans for which were first lodged in 2013, will be returned before Bolton Council on June 23, having been deferred for further consultation since then.

Under the plans, University of Bolton Stadium’s west stand is proposed to be expanded with up to 3,000 square metres of hospitality and office space. The venture proposes a “grand arc” of seven buildings, including 200 apartments.

The adjacent Bolton Arena is also included in the plans, with a new sports building developed to include sports halls, tennis courts, changing rooms and administration facilities, along with an indoor football pitch.

Upgrades to the existing facilities will include improvements to the running track and a 3G artificial football pitch. Aside from these facilities, the project envisions the development of a new hotel and education building.

John Walsh, chair of Bolton Council’s planning committee, said: “It’s an application to be dealt with. It’s an outstanding matter and will be treated like any other outstanding matter. It’s unusual it has taken so long but that is due process.”

University of Bolton Stadium is owned and operated by Wanderers, with the 28,700-capacity venue having opened in 1997.

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