Macclesfield Town Football Club’s hopes of a new stadium received a major boost after the council agreed plans to regenerate the town.

The proposals include regeneration of Macclesfield town centre and the development of the South Macclesfield Development area for mixed retail, residential and leisure use and also a new stadium.

It means the new venue would replace Moss Rose, the home ground of the Silkmen since 1891.

Club chairman, Mike Rance said: “The proximity of the soon to be capped landfill site to the development represents a real opportunity for us.

"Not only would we like to utilise the open space to provide much needed community sports facilities but the renewable energy potential of the landfill is substantial.

"With the incorporation of sustainable energy sources at the design stage we can break new ground by creating the first low carbon stadium in the UK which would be real achievement for the club."

The club will be working closely with Cheshire East Council and other potential partners in the scheme to resolve the route to development including the sensitive use of land and resources.

"The Council endorsement of the proposal is a massive stepping stone in the achievement of a sustainable future for the club, but it's just the end of the beginning for both the football club and for the wider community," added Rance.

"The challenge is now to put in the hard work that will be necessary to convert the vision into an economically viable reality."

Posted on 22/12/2010