ELLESMERE Port’s greyhound stadium could be demolished to make way for new homes.
Borough council chiefs are exploring the option of replacing the Thornton Road ground, which they own, with housing and possibly a health centre.
According to a council report, the current tenant, Ellesmere Port Greyhound Stadium Ltd, approached the authority with the development proposal before investing further cash in modernising the facilities.
Last spring it began a programme of improvements necessary to bring the stadium up to National Greyhound Racing Club standards.
Although the work continues, it is estimated another £1m will be needed to complete the job.
If it opted for redevelopment, the council would enter into an agreement with the tenant to jointly market the site.
On completion of sale the tenant would surrender the 125-year lease it signed in 2002 and receive a pre-agreed percentage of the proceeds.
But before the homes plan can go ahead it needs the blessing of the new shadow authority, which will take over from the borough council next April.
Borough council chief executive Brenda Harvey said: "The council has considered a proposal from the tenants to redevelop the stadium site for housing.
"The council has agreed to explore this option. In the interim the current use of the stadium will continue."
Regeneration and economic development officer David Hughes said: "This is at a very early stage. It still has to go before the shadow authority whose decision is crucial.
"We also have lengthy negotiations to carry out with the tenant."
The borough council, following consultation with ward councillors, would prefer any redevelopment proposals to include up to 50% affordable housing with a large amount suitable for elderly people, a health centre if required, and enhancement work to the Thornton Road playing fields.