South Shields have announced the club’s latest development plans, with an application for a new 902-seat stand submitted to South Tyneside Council this week.
The Mariners are bidding to win promotion to the National League North, with ‘Project EFL’ launched last season as they look to reach the EFL by 2023. Chairman Geoff Thompson spoke at length to Non-League Daily / FC Business in late-2018, which you can read here, and plans for a new stand were included.
The club have today officially updated the public on the next phase of their development plans at Mariners Park. A statement reads as follows:
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.