New stadium for Leamington FC gets green-light - The Leamington Observer

New stadium for Leamington FC gets green-light

Leamington Editorial 13th Apr, 2017 Updated: 13th Apr, 2017   0

PLANS for a new community stadium for Leamington Football Club have been approved.

Councillors gave their overwhelming backing for Warwick District Council to the buy land off Europa Way and Gallows Hill to for the development of a 5,000 football stadium.

The council will now to undertake a detailed study of the options for the new sports and community hub for the area which could also include a new primary school, community hall and medical centre.

Councillors also gave the go ahead for Warwick District Council to acquire Leamington’s current Harbury Lane ground which has been identified as a possible location for a Gypsy and Traveller site.

District council leader Andrew Mobbs said: “These exciting and ambitious plans, will not only help to secure the future of our local football club, but have the potential to bring a new focal point for the community with huge benefits for the health, fitness and well-being of our residents.”

The stadium – which would also feature a 3G artificial pitch, conference facilities, a gym, bar, and café – would provide a new home for Brakes which would be nearer to the town centre and public transport routes.

The plans could also include a new hotel, pub, convenience store, other local shops and housing.

Leamington FC’s chairman, Jim Scott said: “Leamington FC very much welcomes this key step forward. A new stadium with improved access and facilities will help us fulfil our aspirations to move into higher leagues.

“It will also allow us to develop and expand our presence in the community through our programme of football related activities. This will give more people the opportunity to get involved, be it as a player, spectator or user of the facilities.”




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