Whitelands Farm Sports Ground is a multi-million pound sports village which was built in south west Bicester to increase sporting opportunities across the town in line with its proposed growth.
The site comprises 17 hectares and was built by Cherwell District Council as part of the Kingsmere development. The site is intended to provide additional sporting facilities for the town as opposed to replace those which are already in existence and was split into three phases.
In 2011, planning permission was granted for the first phase of the development comprising high specification grass pitch platforms for football or rugby use (dependent upon demand) along with one cricket pitch. The application also included the provision of a perimeter track that can be used for walking, running and cycling.
In November 2015 planning permission was granted for the second phase of the development; the construction of a two-storey sports and functions pavillion along with car parking and access. The new pavillion houses sports club facilities on the ground floor including changing rooms, lockers, a treatment room and showers.There is also a built-in kiosk area fronting onto the pitches for spectators to purchase refreshments.
Upstairs,is a function room with a kitchen and bar and space to accommodate up to 200 guests. Outside, car parking is provided for about 120 vehicles, with an overspill car park available for large events.
In granting planning permission for phase two, approval was also given for phase three. This involved the construction of a 3G grass rugby pitch and tennis courts with associated floodlighting. Permission was also granted for a cricket hut which included a score board, toilet and refreshment facilities.
The sports village was built by Cherwell District Council using Section 106 funding contributions from the Kingsmere developers and is based at Whitelands Way in Bicester.
For more information visit the sports ground website at www.leisurecentre.com/whitelands-farm-sports-ground