Grounds for optimism in plan rethink

A FRESH bid to win support was launched by Wisbech Town Football Club, which hopes revised plans for a new stadium on a nine-acre site off Lynn Road have met all the previous objections. Out goes a two-storey clubhouse, although the club still proposes a

A FRESH bid to win support was launched by Wisbech Town Football Club, which hopes revised plans for a new stadium on a nine-acre site off Lynn Road have met all the previous objections.

Out goes a two-storey clubhouse, although the club still proposes a stand with capacity for 1,500 spectators with the potential to double this in the future.

The new single-storey clubhouse will accommodate a social club, club shop, players' changing rooms, public bar, toilets and a snack bar.

However, no mention is made of the directors' and hospitality suite originally proposed for the first floor, which was also due to house a committee room, offices, and a press/commentary room.


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And a flat which would have housed a security official has now been re-designed as a "residential log cabin" with additional public toilets and a shed for tractor/grass cutting.

Most of the changes from the application which was withdrawn in May relate to the construction and scale of the clubhouse and stadium. It is this scaling down of its ambitions which the club hopes will find favour with neighbours.

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Peter Humphrey, the company's agent who submitted the application to West Norfolk Borough Council, says the existing ground "cannot cater for this type of expansion given its context and confinement".

In a report to planners, he argues that the existing location is surrounded by houses and has limited access.

"Match days cause congestion and parking difficulties in the area," he says. "This situation would be exacerbated by an increase in stadium capacity and additional facilities."

He said the club's disposal of the current site for housing and its purchase of the site at Bronte House field, just Norfolk side of the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border, is a "financial imperative".

The club has been trying to re-locate from Fenland Park for four years. This is the 11th site it has considered.

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