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Plans revised for Bournemouth training complex

AFC Bournemouth has submitted amended plans to Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council for a new multi-million pound training complex.

The Premier League club currently has planning permission to develop the 57-acre former Canford Magna Golf Club site, which was granted in December 2017.

Over the past three months, the club has been drawing up revised, improved plans for the state-of-the art centre, which have now been submitted as an amendment to the existing permission.

Once approved, the development will begin with immediate effect and the phased build will bring AFC Bournemouth’s first team, development squad, academy and pre-academy training operations into one location.

The centre will offer first-class facilities, including nine full-size pitches, three junior pitches, three goalkeeping pitches, an indoor artificial playing surface and an outdoor artificial playing surface, as well as state-of-the-art medical, fitness, sports science and rehabilitation facilities, administrative space and a press conference theatre.

AFC Bournemouth chief executive, Neill Blake, said:

Submitting these amended, improved plans is another important step forward for the future of this football club.

This training centre will be part of the board’s legacy and the plans illustrate that the facilities available to all levels of the club, from pre-academy all the way through to the first team, will be among the best in the Premier League. We are looking forward to these plans being approved by the council and work starting immediately.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council corporate director for regeneration and economy, Bill Cotton, said:

We will continue to work positively with AFC Bournemouth and as the local planning authority we look forward to receiving the amended plan for the proposed new training ground at Canford Magna. This will be considered in line with local planning policy.