Scotland: Dumbarton announce planning application for June

source: DumbartonFootballClub.com

Scotland: Dumbarton announce planning application for June New stadium is coming to Dumbarton, of course if permission is granted. Dumbarton FC director announced the planning application will be filed in 3 months.

Dumbarton FC decided to provide regular updates to supporters interested in the Scottish club’s relocation plans from The Rock to Young's Farm. In his first extensive statement club director Ian Wilson announced the highly anticipated date for planning application to be filed.

"DFC continues to advance its plans for relocation to a new stadium. Our ambition is to submit these to the local council in June this year, this assumes we have confidence at that time that the plans will have a good chance to meet with the council's approval. This timing is to take into account the local elections in May and our view on the likelihood of support that ensues for a community stadium at Young's Farm.

The Rock Stadium, Dumberton

"We have done work on the potential revenue from a new stadium and believe the relocation will put the club on a stronger financial footing and provide a more sustainable position for football at a good level. We are involving a wide group of stakeholders in this work, including those who are members of the Sonstrust [local supporters trust - StadiumDB]. At the moment we are in discussions with sports business planning companies to also get an independent view of the business potential and sustainability of the relocation plans.

"We are confident a new stadium is the best way forward for the club and the local community. The facilities at Castle Road allow the club to run at break even before depreciation but do not permit us to put a full-time team on the pitch. There are also some investments required to keep the ground at Castle Road in a good condition. We feel this money would be better spent on a new stadium with additional community facilities.

"Fans have asked about ownership of the new stadium. As Brabco [club owners - StadiumDB] is financing the new stadium, it is important that the solution selected for the club is in the club bests interests, and does not create financial issues for the club. For a time Brabco retaining ownership was considered to be the best option in this regard, as it eliminated a possible tax charge for the club. However, we are now revisiting a full spectrum of choices and will report back in due course on how the stadium can best be owned/managed for the club's benefit. We are taking legal and tax advice on all the options under consideration. Whatever ownership structure is settled upon, it is vital that all revenue generated from the new facilities are for the club's benefit, and that the club can look forward to a long and financially beneficial occupation of the new ground.