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Sawston Council back Cambridge City’s proposed stadium

The plans for Cambridge Citys proposed new stadium in Sawston

The plans for Cambridge Citys proposed new stadium in Sawston

 

Cambridge City chiefs hope to have moved a step closer to completing their move to Sawston after getting the backing of the parish council.

After failing to have plans for the 3,000 capacity stadium on the site of a former tip north-west of Dales Manor Business Park included in South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) local plan, the Calor League Southern outfit applied for planning permission after tweaking its proposals.

Now Sawston Parish Council – which does not make a decision on planning but does offer an opinion to SCDC – has spoken out in support of the stadium plans and City look to relocate from their existing Milton Road home.

City chairman Kevin Satchell said: “It’s very good news for us and something we saw as a necessity for getting planning permission.

“Although SCDC make the decision if we have the local council on our side it’s a great help and we’re delighted.

“We’ve given them all the information they’ve asked for and answered various queries they’ve had over the last few months.”

Some of the parish council’s objections that have been addressed in the revised plans include assuaging traffic worries, with most of the traffic to the stadium being on Saturday afternoons and weekday evenings, not peak times.

Worries about lighting affecting homes have been allayed as most lighting will shines away from the village.

The gym has been scaled down in size to remove concern that it could impact on membership of the gym at Sawston Village College (SVC).

The plans were officially submitted at the beginning of November, and council officers are expected to make a recommendation within the month.

If all goes ahead, City could be playing in Sawston for the 2015/16 season.

Parish council chairman Eugene Murray was unavailable for comment.

The stadium would seat 500 people (with a total capacity of 3,000) and have 300 car parking spaces.

It would include two floodlit pitches – the secondary of which could be used by community clubs – and conference and fitness facilities that would be available for the public.

The stadium is planned to be on green belt land.

City had hoped the plans would be included in SCDC’s local plan, but they were not.

For all the latest news see today’s (Thursday, January 2) Echo.

 

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