RESIDENTS have until the end of this month to give their views after the latest set of proposals for Weymouth Football Club’s new home at a community sports stadium at Lodmoor were unveiled.
The outline from Town Planning Consultants Tanner & Tilley, which expand on the original plans submitted in December 2012, include an additional risk assessment, contact with Natural England and the Environment Agency and amendments to the planned training pitch to comply with FA guidelines.
The plans also include a condition survey of the Bob Lucas Stadium which states that Weymouth’s current home has ‘a limited shelf life’ and would ‘inevitably have to close in the near future under health and safety grounds’.
Andrew Martin, head of projects and specialist services for Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, said: “The information is all online and there are a number of technical issues, which have been holding up the progress of the application.
“The principal issue is that the site is an old landfill site and so developing it throws up potential issues of land contamination.”
He added: “We have re-publicised the status of the application to give the public and other authorities the chance to comment. The application is still pending and within three weeks the comments will come back and we will look at where we are then.
“Once the information has come back we will digest it and see where we can go with the application from there.”
The proposals have also been sent by the council to the Environmental Agency and Natural England, both of whom have until April 30 to submit their opinions.
Wessex Delivery LLP acquired the land surrounding the club’s current home at the Bob Lucas Stadium in October 2008 for £500,000.
The company, which is linked to Morgan Sindall Investments, also possesses an option agreement with Weymouth Football Club on the current stadium.
WDP has an option to acquire the stadium in exchange for providing a new one within five miles of the current ground at a build cost of £7million plus grants and also to be built to Football League standard.
A spokesman for Weymouth Football Club said the club did not want to comment.
To view the proposal, go to webapps.westdorset-dc.gov.uk/ PlanningApps/Pages/Search.aspx and search for the reference WP/13/00015/FUL