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Grimsby Town FC stadium plans gather pace

Grimsby Town FC and Extreme Leisure have unveiled early stage renderings for the new proposed Community Stadium and leisure development in the town.

A pre-planning application is expected to be submitted to North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) for the scheme shortly.

The current facility mix being considered includes a state-of-the-art 14,000 capacity Football Stadium for the English Football League Two side, a new ice rink facility, additional sports and leisure facilities, retail and food & beverage offers.

The level of investment for the stadium and leisure project is expected to be in excess of £55 million, while the number of full-time jobs created will be in excess of 320.

Extreme said it has now completed the early stage viability assessment of the Community Stadium project and is satisfied that it is a project they wish to progress to a formal planning application with.

Alistair Gosling Chairman at Extreme said:

We have been working hard behind the scenes to come up with an exciting solution for the delivery of the Community stadium and additional Leisure facilities.

If approved at Cabinet we will be instructing a thorough consultation process so that we can deliver a vibrant and quality new development that will attract visitors, provide regeneration, invest in local facilities and support Grimsby Town FC.

Our professional team have also taken into account some of the concerns raised at this early stage. We look forward to working in partnership to turn the Community Stadium projects into reality.

Cllr Ray Oxby, Leader of NELC said:

I’m pleased to hear the club and its developers are pressing ahead with their proposals and I look forward to seeing them presented in more detail at our Cabinet meeting in January.

As both myself and colleagues have said previously, while we’re determined to do all we can to see a new community stadium built, we must follow a strict process when there’s the potential for public property and resources to be used.

We’ve always said we want to get the best deal for the borough, but this doesn’t happen overnight and it’s important that we consider all the relevant issues to inform any decision before a location is chosen.