England: Cambridge United hoping for stadium redevelopment

source: BBC.co.uk

England: Cambridge United hoping for stadium redevelopment As the plan to build new stadium was rejected by the city council, now Cambridge United may see their existing Abbey Stadium revamped by private investors. Planning application is expected in April 2014. Report by BBC.

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The Abbey, home ground of Cambridge United FC, is currently owned by international developers Grosvenor. The company planned to demolish it and build housing, relocating the club to a new stadium in Trumpington, south of Cambridge. It was to be part of a large 'community sporting village' with velodrome, various sport pitches, BMX track and indoor hall.

These plans were dismissed in May this year because council officials said the need for the new stadium was not sufficient to build it on green belt land in Trumpington.

Now an alternative plan is to be put forward. This time Abbey Stadium is to remain in its place and be partly redeveloped. The planned revamp would see a completely new north end, where currently the smallest stand is located. However, the overall scheme of community sporting village is still part of the idea.

"Planning application will go in in April next year. And hopefully everybody will support it. If the planners and politicians want it to start it could be ready by 2015 or 2016", says Cambridge United chairman Dave Doggett.

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