Leamington FC looks set to push ahead with the development of a new 5,000 capacity stadium after a deal to buy land for the project was agreed.
Warwick District Council has approved the purchase of land off Europa Way in Leamington to allow for the development of the community football stadium.
The council will now undertake a detailed study on the delivery options and feasibility for the new sports and community hub for the area.
As well as the stadium this would include a new primary school, community hall and medical centre.
Enabling development is envisaged to help fund the community stadium, which could include a new hotel, pub, convenience store, other local shops and some housing.
The plans, developed by Leamington FC and the 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 adjacent to Europa Way and Gallows Hill.
It will provide a much needed new home and asset for Leamington FC located nearer to the town centre and public transport routes.
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.
The Leader of Warwick District Council, Councillor Andrew Mobbs added:
I’m delighted that Warwick District Council is looking at the feasibility of such an exciting project. 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.