New College Stamford and Stamford AFC reveal plans for £5m sports facility

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New plans to build a new £5 million sports facility to be shared between Stamford’s main football club and college students have been revealed.

Representatives from New College Stamford, Stamford AFC and the Burghley House Preservation Trust presented revised plans for a new football ground and low-rise sports education facility on land next to Ryhall Road to Stamford Town Council yesterday (Tuesday).

As well the football stadium, the plans incorporate a sports hall, gym and associated teaching and changing rooms.

New College Stamford principal Andrew Patience said: “If planning permission is granted, we will have a fantastic facility which will greatly benefit our students.

“Having a modern, purpose built, sports facility will make a huge difference. We hope that planning permission is granted and that we can develop a football and education facility that Stamford will be proud of”.

An outline application for the football club to move from its home in Kettering Road to a new 1,500-seat stadium on the site was first approved by South Kesteven District Council’s Planning Committee in June.

Permission to demolish the current stadium and build 54 homes in its place, along with 20 affordable homes in Barnack Road, were also approved as part of the scheme.

Since then, New College Stamford has partnered with the club and Burghley House Preservation Trust to work towards a shared facility.

The new additions will provide facilities for the students of New College Stamford and other community groups that currently use the amenities at New College and will be shared with Stamford AFC.

The multi-million pound development will be funded through a combination about £2 million in grants. The Football Association will provide about £640,000 and the Skills Funding Agency will provide £1.3 million.

The rest of the project will be financed by New College Stamford and the Burghley House Preservation Trust.

A conditions of the grants is that the project must be completed by the September 2014 so the partnership hope to secure planning permission by April 2013, with work beginning two months later in June.

Estates director of the Burghley House Preservation Trust David Pennel said: “We think this application presents the town with an exciting opportunity that will be of benefit not just to the football club and its supporters but also to students and many other community groups in and around Stamford.”

The partnership is staging two public information sessions to give Stamford residents the chance to see the plans and ask questions about the development before a full planning application is submitted.

The first session will take place between 2pm and 8pm on January 9 at Stamford Arts Centre. The second session will be at New College Stamford on January 10, between 3pm and 8pm.