A new stadium for Southend United has come a step closer after a landmark deal was reached this week.
Agreement has been reached between Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Citizen Housing LLP and Southend United Football Club, enabling the redevelopment of Roots Hall for 502 new homes for rent, and the delivery of a new stadium at Fossetts Farm – with new homes replacing the proposed out-of-town retail development.
The stadium at Fossetts Farm will be enabled by around 800 homes for rent through the agreement with the Council, and potentially hundreds more homes through a separate joint venture between Citizen Housing LLP and a third party.
There will also be other facilities such as a health centre, convenience store and a community hub at Fossetts Farm.
Plans for both of the Roots Hall and Fossetts Farm sites are subject to the planning process.
It is proposed that the first phase of the new stadium comprises 14,000 seats.
Chairman of Southend United FC Ron Martin said:
We listened to the council’s concerns, in particular, the impact of the proposed enabling retail development on the town centre.
The collaborative approach achieved with the Council, together with our other partners, will deliver a project that I believe the people of Southend will be very proud of. We are delighted for all our supporters that this agreement will unlock the delivery of Southend United’s new home, enabling the Club to fulfil its long-held potential.