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D-Day looms for rugby club move

BIRMINGHAM & Solihull Rugby Club will find out on Wednesday if their dream move away from Sharmans Cross Road will become a reality.

BIRMINGHAM & Solihull Rugby Club will find out on Wednesday if their dream move away from Sharmans Cross Road will become a reality.

Two planning applications will go before Solihull Council - the erection of 87 residential units at SCR, and the upgrading of facilities at Solihull Moors FC’s Damson Park with the view of the two sports clubs sharing the improved ground.

The Damson Park application, which includes a new all weather sports pitch, has been recommended for approval but the proposals at the Bees current home have been recommended for refusal because the development fails to make any affordable housing provision.

Sharmans Cross Action Group are against the proposal but chairman Pat Montague insists he wants the best for the rugby club.

“If the club falls to pieces in a few years time we will have lost in both ways because there will be no rugby club, no pitches, and properties that we don’t want on our doorsteps.”

The Guinness Championship outfit are convinced that the move will not only allow them to prosper but also help fulfil their planned community projects to increase participation in sport in Solihull.

Among those backing the move is Stoke City chairman and FA councillor Peter Coates.

“I can see what a great opportunity would exist for both clubs and the local community,” he said.

Sport England Planning Manager Bob Sharples added they had ‘no objections’ to the move after assessing all the relevant planning information.

 

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