Friday, 5 April 2013

Consultation Event Seeks Views On Proposed New Football Stadium


Residents are being urged to field their views on a proposed new site for Cambridge City Football Club’s stadium at a consultation event next week.

South Cambridgeshire District Council is running a public consultation until 6 May to help residents have their say on the Football Club’s proposed new site for the stadium at Sawston.

The consultation event will take place on Tuesday 9 April at Spicers Pavillion, Cambridge Road, Sawston between 2.30pm and 8pm when planning officers and representatives from the Football Club will be on hand to talk residents through the proposals and to answer any questions they may have.

The proposal was submitted by Cambridge City Football Club for consideration in the Council’s Local Plan and includes a stadium that would accommodate 3,000 people - including 500 seated - 300 parking spaces, two floodlit pitches and conference and fitness facilities that would be available to the public.

The proposed site to the north of Sawston, immediately northwest of Dales Manor Business Park was a former tip that is currently unused. The stadium would account for just under half of the site and Cambridge City Football Club proposes that the remaining land be gifted to the Parish Council for community use.

Information on the proposals can also be found on the Council’s website where residents can have their say online using the interactive form at www.scambs.gov.uk/ldf/localplan via email to ldf@scambs.gov.uk or by letter to Director of Planning and New Communities, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambourne Business Park, Cambridge CB23 6EA. The consultation will close at 5pm on Monday 6 May.

Cllr Pippa Corney, cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “This consultation is an important opportunity for local residents to have their say on Cambridge City Football Club’s proposed new stadium and to influence the future growth and development of their area. I would encourage everyone to have a look at the proposals and submit their comments to the Council.  Tuesday’s event will offer a perfect opportunity for residents to raise questions and actively share their views and we really would like to see people come along and take part.”

The proposed Cambridge City Football Club stadium in Sawston is a separate proposal to the Community Stadium for the Cambridge Sub–Region, which the Council consulted on in January and, which could provide a new home for Cambridge United Football Club.