The Planning (Development Management) Regulations (NI) 2015

Pre-Planning – Online Public Consultation

Proposed Sports & Accommodation Facility for Hillsborough Boys Football Club & Invest In Sport Ltd

Adjacent 120 Ballynahinch Road, Hillsborough

This online consultation aims to inform the local community and interested parties of a proposal to develop a sport facility just outside Hillsborough, Co Down on the Ballynahinch Road and seeks to gather comments and suggestions on the proposal.

Your feedback will help to support two planning applications which are currently lodged with Lisburn & Castlereagh Council – LA05/2018/0216/F & LA05/2020/0630/O.

Please assist this process by leaving your comments in the feedback box on this page.

All comments to be received by Friday 27th November 2020.

About Hillsborough Boys Football Club & Invest In Sport Ltd

The Trustees of Hillsborough Boys Football Club are delighted to announce that a planning application has recently been submitted to Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council seeking approval to create a community hub for the club with the construction of a full size 3G outdoor pitch, changing pavilion and associated facilities adjacent to 120 Ballynahinch Road, Hillsborough, Co Down, BT26 6BD.


With over 700 members, catering for boys and girls aged 4-16 within our youth section, a girls only section, as well as two senior men’s teams, an over 35’s team and a senior disability team – Hillsborough Boys need to expand upon the Football Factory’s 5 aside facility.


Constructing this new community hub to deliver our own 3G full size pitch will support our players pathway- particularly for our 7, 9 and 11 aside teams, coach education programmes and maximise contact time for our members.

Importantly, this new outdoor facility will not only be for use by Hillsborough Boys FC teams and members, but by the local community and schools and will enable us to expand our community engagement initiatives.


Since the appointment of our Director of Football, we have been actively growing the clubs membership and activities and support a range of training and competitive opportunities for our cross community, male and female, youth, senior and disability members. This new facility with adjacent accommodation available onsite will provide a unique resource to enable us to build upon our existing player development programmes including residential holiday camps, after schools clubs, exchanges with UK and Irish clubs and delivery of coach CPD courses.


Returning to the borough of Hillsborough where the club originated in 1969, this purpose built community hub, in conjunction with Invest in Sport Limited, is in line with our facility development and expansion objectives detailed within our Club Development Plan 2019-2022 and will provide a much needed additional home for Hillsborough Boys Football Club. The current Covid 19 restrictions for indoor sport are severely reducing the capacity of the Football Factory, reinforcing the need to urgently develop our own outdoor facility.


To deliver this ambitious project we will be commencing fundraising amongst our members, families, friends and sponsors and will be seeking letters of support to evidence the importance of this facility for the future growth of Hillsborough Boys Football Club and would be grateful for your support.

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  • Over 700 members in total, catering for all abilities
  • We cater for boys and girls aged 4-16 within our youth section, as well as 2 senior men’s teams, an over 35’s team and a senior disability team
  • Over 100 female members (approx. 85+ participants and 15+ volunteers)
  • 25+ with a disability within the Hillsborough Crusaders senior disability section
  • 40+ players within Hillsborough Knights, our over 35’s team
  • 40+ players in our senior men’s section (1st’s and 2nd’s senior teams)
  • We have no definite figures of the cross community split within the club, but we endeavour to be a welcoming club to all sides of the community and have an open and inclusive approach to membership as well as an Equal Opportunities policy.


  • 32 youth boy’s teams (girls allowed to play for these teams also but tend to opt for the girls only teams)
  • 5 youth girls only teams
  • 2 Senior men’s teams (both playing in the Mid Ulster League)
  • Over 35’s section (1 team playing in the Emerge Invitational League)
  • Senior disability section (2 teams playing in the Irish FA / USEL Disability League)


Our teams participate in a range of leagues including

  • Lisburn and Castlereagh Junior Invitational League
  • Irish FA Small Sided Games Programme
  • NIBFA National League
  • South Belfast Youth League
  • Emerge Invitational League (Over 35’s)
  • Irish FA / USEL Disability League

Club Accreditation

  • Irish FA/McDonalds Advanced Club Mark (Achieved 2018)
  • Irish People & Clubs Accredited Club (Completed 2020)


  • Schools programme has involved work with Park View special school, Pond Park PS, Ballymacash PS, Meadowbridge PS, Riverdale PS, Largymore PS, St Colman’s PS and Laurelhill Community College
  • We host the Girls Lisburn District Primary Schools league
  • Annual Football Festival includes up to 100 teams for all over the country
  • Annual Fun Day invites members from all parts of the local community
  • We host Lisburn Walking Football for Over 50’s
  • We have worked with and hosted local BB and Church groups
  • Work with local charities including our recent joint fundraiser with Emerge Counselling Services
  • Provide a sponsorship package to work closely with, and promote local businesses
  • Support local businesses e.g. litter picks at McDonald’s Sprucefield

Irish FA

  • We work closely with the Irish FA, especially regional Grassroots Development Officer Phil Melville
  • We host the Irish FA small sided games programme Saturday mornings 9am-12pm
  • We have worked together to deliver/host coach education courses
  • Hosted a Peace IV project including Irish FA, Ulster Rugby and Ulster GAA.


  • Good communication link with our local council representatives
  • Promote the activities of LCCC
  • Support the courses and initiatives delivered and promoted by LCCC
  • Regular bookings of LCCC facilities
  • Club Vitality Corporate membership
  • Work closely on the delivery of our annual Football Festival

Further Information

If you have any specific questions, would like to receive more information on the development or wish to discuss the proposals, please email & someone will contact you.

Feedback Section

Thank you for taking the time to complete the feedback section, answer with as much detail as you can.

In particular we would like to know:

  • What are your thoughts generally on demand for & provision of sporting facilities in the greater Lisburn Area.
  • What are your thoughts on provision of these particular sporting facilities outside Hillsborough?

For example, would you use the facilities, are they too big, too small etc.

All feedback will be treated as anonymous & your details will not be shared with anyone.