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New plans for 700 homes at polo club site

Dallas Burston Polo Club.
Dallas Burston Polo Club.

PLANS to build up to 700 new homes and a new primary school on land at the Dallas Burston Polo Club are back on the table.

A new application is part of a massive £122million development for the 600-acre site in the far north of the district in Southam and has been submitted to Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

The plan appears identical to the one that was refused planning permission by the council in March last year and also includes a local centre comprising a neighbourhood store and office space, a 100-bedroom hotel, 99 extra-care units and an 80-bed care home with a dementia unit.

The site is not included in the council’s core strategy that sets out preferred sites for major housing developments.

These latest plans from IXL Events Ltd — the owners of the Dallas Burston Polo Club — form part of a 12-year plan for the venue.

The development will also see the creation of 100 luxury lodges and a new Players’ Pavilion, which opens next month.

The pavilion features a bar, restaurant and viewing terraces to watch the polo matches.

Major Richard Carney MBE, General Manager of IXL Events Ltd at Dallas Burston Polo ground.
Major Richard Carney MBE, General Manager of IXL Events Ltd at Dallas Burston Polo ground.

General Manager of IXL Events Ltd, Major Richard Carney MBE, said: “We are delighted that this next phase of our £122million development at the Dallas Burston Polo Club has taken a major step forward this week.

“This application reinforces our commitment to the region and our understanding of what is required both locally and nationally, such as a need for more primary school places and measures to address the shortage of affordable housing.

“If planning permission is granted, the new development will not affect any events at the club or the space for the polo,” added Major Carney.

“This development has been designed to complement the existing facilities already here at the Dallas Burston Polo Club.”

The grounds are also home to the IXL Events Centre, the 2.4-acre all-weather SuperArena, six polo grounds and the colonial clubhouse.

The venue plays host to a number of polo matches including the recent prestigious Victor Ludorum, the annual Ladies’ Day, Fine and Country Polo Day, and Polo in the Park, all of which are growing in attendance year-on-year.

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