De­ci­sion time for Le­ices­ter City plan

£100m scheme is set for ap­proval

Loughborough Echo - - LETTERS - DAN MARTIN

LE­ICES­TER City will dis­cover to­mor­row (Thurs­day) if they will be al­lowed to build a new £100 mil­lion train­ing ground on a former golf and fish­ing com­plex.

The club wants to cre­ate Europe’s best foot­ball train­ing ground on the 185-acre site off the A46, eight miles north of Le­ices­ter.

First, how­ever, City must get plan­ning ap­proval for their scheme from Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil.

The au­thor­ity’s plan­ning com­mit­tee meets to­mor­row (Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11) to de­bate the pro­pos­als.

The coun­cil has re­ceived more than 170 ob­jec­tions to the pro­posal, which would see the train­ing ground built on the old Park Hill Golf Course. The Sea­grave course closed in Jan­uary.

Con­cerns in­clude res­i­dents’ fears about noise from cheer­ing crowds at a planned 499-seat spec­ta­tor pitch.

Wor­ries have also been lodged about light pol­lu­tion from flood­lights and the im­pact of ex­tra traf­fic on nearby ru­ral roads.

There are also con­cerns over ve­hi­cle move­ment at the busy junc­tion of Park Hill Lane and the A46.

De­spite these con­cerns, coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cers have re­viewed the club’s pro­pos­als and say they are ac­cept­able.

They have ad­vised coun­cil­lors on the plan­ning com­mit­tee to ap­prove the scheme.

A plan­ning re­port says: “It is ac­knowl­edged that there is sig­nif­i­cant lo­cal op­po­si­tion to the scheme, and this must be taken into ac­count ap­pro­pri­ately when reach­ing a de­ci­sion on the ap­pli­ca­tion.

“It should be noted that the ap­pli­cant has de­vel­oped the fi­nal pro­posal by con­sid­er­ing those con­cerns and re­spond­ing to them wher­ever pos­si­ble.

“How­ever, op­po­si­tion to the pro­posal in prin­ci­ple should be con­sid­ered in light of the fact it com­plies with de­vel­op­ment plan poli­cies and re­places an ex­ist­ing leisure fa­cil­ity with a new, al­beit larger, leisure fa­cil­ity.” The club wants to build:

* A cov­ered show pitch with 499 seats, spec­ta­tor toi­lets and an el­e­vated cam­era plat­form. * 12 full size foot­ball pitches.

* Six part-size size grass pitches.

* One at­tack­ing area.

* Five warm-up and train­ing ar­eas.

* A sports hall.

* A train­ing cen­tre to be used by the first team and academy with hy­drother­apy, med­i­cal, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and din­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

* It will also have ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties, of­fices, and 30 be­d­rooms for the play­ers and man­age­ment.

* 421 park­ing spa­ces with eight coach park­ing bays with dis­abled and elec­tric car park­ing spa­ces.

* The UK’s first sports turf academy to train grounds­men. If the plans are ap­proved, the club will re­lo­cate from its cur­rent train­ing ground in Belvoir Drive, Ayle­stone.

Artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed new Le­ices­ter City Foot­ball Club train­ing fa­cil­ity. In­door train­ing pitch

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