Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Residents Urged To Have Say On Proposed New Stadium

Cambridge City Football Club has submitted a planning application for its proposed new stadium in Sawston and local people are being urged to have their say.

The application proposes a new 3,000-capacity stadium with floodlit grass pitch, full sized training pitch and 500 parking spaces. It is the Club’s intention that the stadium will serve all teams affiliated to Cambridge City whilst the training pitch and facilities will also be available to hire for conferences and events.

The proposed 12.3 hectare green belt site to the north of Sawston, immediately northwest of Dales Manor Business Park, was a former tip that is currently unused. The Club’s proposals would account for just over half of the site. The Club proposes that the remaining land be gifted to Sawston Parish Council for recreational community use.

Residents and local parish councils had the opportunity to comment earlier this year on whether South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Local Plan should identify this site for a stadium. The plans were ruled out of the Local Plan following concerns over  the impact on the green belt.

The Club has now decided to submit a planning application for the site and residents, businesses and parish councils have another opportunity  to have their say. The Council will not make any decision until all factors have been assessed and this includes local opinion. The application is available to view at www.scambs.gov.uk/content/search-planning-applicationusing planning reference S/2239/13. Comments can be made until midday on Monday 16 December.

Cllr Nick Wright, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for planning, said: “This consultation period presents the opportunity for local people to have their say on the Club’s proposal for a new stadium and to help shape the future development of their area.

“Community engagement plays a big part in our planning process and we would strongly encourage everyone to take a look at the proposals and submit their comments to us. All comments received will be considered and assessed before we make any decision.”