Residents are being urged to field their views on a proposed new site for Cambridge City Football Club’s stadium when a public consultation opens next week.
South Cambridgeshire District Council is running a six week consultation between 25 March and 6 May to help residents have their say on the Football Club’s proposed new site for the stadium at Sawston.
The proposal was submitted by Cambridge City Football Club for consideration in the Council’s Local Plan and includes a stadium that would accommodate 3,000 people - including 500 seated - 300 parking spaces, two floodlit pitches and conference and fitness facilities that would be available to the public.
Sawston residents will find out more when the Football Club begins distributing leaflets to households next week outlining their proposal.
Information can also be found on the Council’s website and a public exhibition, when residents from across South Cambridgeshire can speak to Council officers and representatives from the Football Club, will take place on Tuesday 9 April at Spicers Pavillion, Cambridge Road, Sawston between 2.30pm and 8pm.
The proposed site to the north of Sawston, immediately northwest of DalesManorBusinessPark was a former tip that is currently unused. The stadium would account for just under half of the site and Cambridge City Football Club proposes that the remaining land be gifted to the Parish Council for community use.
The consultation will close at 5pm on Monday 6 May. Residents can have their say using the interactive online form at www.scambs.gov.uk/ldf/localplan , via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter to Director of Planning and New Communities, South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambourne Business Park, Cambridge CB23 6EA.
Cllr Pippa Corney, cabinet member for planning policy and localism, said: “This consultation is an important opportunity for local residents to have their say on Cambridge City Football Club’s proposed new stadium and to influence the future growth and development of their area. Community engagement is at the heart of the Local Plan and I would strongly encourage everyone to have a look at the proposals and submit their comments to the Council. The consultation event will offer a perfect opportunity for residents to raise questions and actively share their views and we really would like to see people come along and take part.”
Len Satchell, President of Cambridge City Football Club, said: “We are having to move from our historic ground in Cambridge and find a new home for the Club. It has been good to have the help of the Council to ensure local residents can access all the information they need to be able to have their say about the Club’s proposal. We hope the community will join in the debate and make their views known.”
The proposed Cambridge City Football Club stadium in Sawston is a separate proposal to the Community Stadium for the Cambridge Sub–Region, which the Council consulted on in January and, which could provide a new home for Cambridge United Football Club.