Burrows improvement project

Grassy football pitch at Burrows playing fields with large tree and houses in the background

We're working with Leckhampton Rovers Football Club (LRFC) on a project to improve playing surfaces and to refurbish the pavilion at the Burrows playing fields.

The pitches are in need of improvement, including levelling, drainage and reseeding.

The pavilion needs refurbishment as it doesn't meet the current sporting requirements for changing facilities.

These improvements will ensure that the Burrows provides fantastic sporting facilities for many years to come for the whole community. The space will enable everyone to enjoy outdoor activity which is good for physical and mental wellbeing.

Project overview

LRFC is working with the council on these improvements and to make the Burrows its home ground.

The Grounds Management Association have provided an expert assessment of the playing fields at the Burrows and made a number of recommendations.

Recommended work to the fields includes:

  • stripping the existing fields
  • levelling the playing surfaces
  • putting in new drainage
  • replacing the topsoil
  • reseeding the whole site
  • upgrading the cricket square
  • completing the circular footpath

This part of the project will be completed over a two year period, half being done in 2021 and half in 2022. The aim is to start each phase around May each year.  Each phase will take around three months to complete. This will enable the site to be continually accessible by the local community whilst the works are carried out.

The “look and feel” of the Burrows will remain unchanged once the work is completed, but with much improved playing surfaces.

Recommended work to the pavilion:

Plans for the pavilion include internal refurbishment in line with existing sporting standards. This will provide a community hub enabling people of all ages and abilities to enjoy sport at the Burrows.

The pavilion refurbishment is expected to take around six months.

Funding

Funding is expected to come from a number of different sources including:

  • The Football Foundation
  • LRFC contribution
  • S106 money from a local housing development
  • Growing our Communities fund

Key dates

Key dates will be published here once these have been finalised.

Planning application

We expect an application for planning approval for the pitch improvements to be submitted to the council’s planning team in November 2020.

The pavilion works will be subject to building regulations only.

Further information

For further information please see our FAQs. You can register your support for the Burrows improvement project plan by emailing parksandgardens@cheltenham.gov.uk. Please add "Burrows improvements" in the subject line.