England: Grimsby stadium plan called in for scrutiny

source: GrimsbyTelegraph.co.uk

England: Grimsby stadium plan called in for scrutiny First the city council gave unanimous support to the £250 million project at Peaks Parkway. Then two councillors decided it warrants a closer look.

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In late February the Grimsby city council voted in favour of Extreme Leisure’s 5-year option to buy land at Peaks Parkway. This is where the developer is expected to build £250-million leisure project.

Part of it is the proposed Grimsby Town 14,000-seat stadium, which would then be leased by Extreme to Grimsby Town for 999 years. “As good as ownership” in the eyes of GTFC director John Fenty.

However, two Liberal Democrat councillors Andrew DeFreitas and Ian Barfield decided to call the decision in. This means it will now be subject to further analysis. The community stadium plans are due to be discussed at the next meeting of the Regeneration, Environment and Housing Scrutiny Panel on March 21.

The two council members in question suggest that there are some concerns over planned development. First, Extreme has never delivered any project of such size. Its scale would also prevent local cemetery from expansion in the future and, in general, the councillors fear “no greenfield size is safe from development” with such approach by the council.

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