PLANS for a new community stadium for Leamington Football Club were considered by councillors this week.
The plans, developed by Leamington FC and Warwick District Council, would see the construction of a 5,000 capacity football stadium with a 3G artificial pitch, conference facilities, a gym, bar, café and community facilities on land off Europa Way and Gallows Hill.
It would provide a new home for Brakes which would be nearer to the town centre and public transport routes than the club’s current Harbury Lane ground.
District councillors will be asked on Wednesday for approval to purchase the land off Europa Way to allow for the development of the stadium.
If agreed the council would undertake a detailed study on the possibility of a new sports and community hub for the area.
This would also include a new primary school, community hall and medical centre. The plans could also include a new hotel, pub, convenience store, other local shops and housing.
If the stadium plans are given the go ahead by councillors and Leamington FC’s shareholders, part of the scheme would also involve Warwick District Council acquiring Leamington FC’s current Harbury Lane ground, which has been identified by the council as a possible location for a gypsy and traveller site.
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.”
Warwick District Council leader Coub Andrew Mobbs said: “A new stadium and sports hub for our area has the potential to be a new focal point for the community with huge benefits for the health, fitness and well-being of our residents.”
Coun Peter Phillips, district housing spokesman, added: “We want Warwick District to be a great place to live, work and visit. This very exciting proposal not only has the potential to create much needed housing, but could also bring great benefits to the community.”