Club confirms plans for next stage of Mariners Park development
The club is excited to announce details of its plans for the next stage of the development of Mariners Park.
On Monday, September 23, 2019, an application for a new 902-seat stand on the Shaftesbury Avenue side of the ground was submitted to South Tyneside Council.
It’s part of the club’s goal to improve the matchday experience of supporters and ensure Mariners Park is Football League-ready, in line with the club’s ambitions.
The planning application was submitted following a period of consultation and the club is hopeful that support will be granted to the project as part of its ambition to continue progressing on the pitch, and benefitting the community off it.
Also included in the application are plans for the build of a new multi-use sports hall and community hub at Mariners Park.
The vision is that this facility will help to cement the club further in the community, with the building to be available for use by the wider public.
Also part of the application are plans for the construction of 70 houses on land owned by the club off Tavistock Place and Salcombe Avenue, adjacent to the ground.
This residential development will help to fund the first phase of development at Mariners Park.
The club plans to continue the development of the ground in a sustainable manner, increasing the capacity in stages as the club bids to climb the football pyramid.
Since returning to Mariners Park in 2015, the club has enjoyed continued success and growth.
As well as success with the first-team, it has invested in other initiatives, including an Academy, Futures Academy in collaboration with Mortimer Community College and the establishment of a charitable Foundation.
Recently the Foundation has partnered with the Harton and Westoe Miners’ Welfare to ensure sport, health and well-being are promoted successfully across the borough.
This planning application is part of that strategy to promote health and well-being across South Tyneside, and the football club and its Foundation believe they have important roles to play in delivering on that vision.
Geoff Thompson, the club’s chairman, said: “This planning application forms an important part of our strategy to develop the club and its charitable Foundation.
“I strongly believe the club has an important role to play in promoting health and well-being for children and adults across our borough, and this application will assist in delivering the capacity and infrastructure required to continue our success.
“One of the vital elements of this application is the new stand, which will improve the matchday experience of supporters and help with the club’s sustainability over the medium and longer term.”
The stand and community hub form the first part of a masterplan to ensure Mariners Park is redeveloped to achieve Football League ground grading requirements as success with the first-team continues.
The housing element of the application represents an enabling development so that all monies are reinvested in the club, its Foundation and its community programmes.