Councillors support plan to develop football club stadium

Councillors support plan to develop football club stadium

Councillors support plan to develop football club stadium

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

WEYMOUTH councillors will not back up their West Dorset counterparts in their fight against a planning application for a Weymouth Football Stadium site.

Members of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s (WPBC) planning and traffic committee met on Wednesday to discuss a submission in respect of the appeal that has been lodged against West Dorset District Council’s (WDDC) refusal of the proposed Bob Lucas Stadium development.

The new proposal is to redevelop the existing football stadium, training pitch and car park with 150 to 170 dwellings, including affordable homes, public open space, a convenience store, access and parking.

WDDC refused an application by landowners Wessex Delivery last year and the process is going to the Planning Inspectorate with interested parties, including WPBC putting in submissions.

A report put before councillors recommended backing West Dorset’s refusal on the grounds that without a specific alternative, the redevelopment of the pitches at Wessex Stadium represented an ‘unacceptable loss of sports provision’ in the Weymouth area and would leave Weymouth Football Club with no dedicated ground.

Last week WDDC’s withdrew one of their objections to the plans – that the development was outside the existing development boundary. West Dorset councillors said that if a section 106 agreement or other form of undertaking to guarantee affordable housing could be drawn up, they could remove their objection on that basis too. That would only leave the objections about the loss of playing fields with no firm alternative plan.

This comes after Weymouth Football Club and developers Wessex Delivery announced they would be moving forward in a ‘spirit of partnership’ to explore all options in respect of the proposed Wessex Stadium development and a possible new stadium for the club.

In a statement from the club and developers they said they would be looking at other sites for the club, not just a potential site at Lodmoor.

WPBC’s planning and traffic committee decided not to back up WDDC’s position and instead agreed to put a submission into the planning inspectorate stating that they ‘support the provision of housing on the site and potential benefit it could bring to the local community.’ Cllr Christine James, pictured left, said the development could bring benefits to the residents of nearby areas, including Southill, in terms of improved infrastructure and facilities like bus services and health facilities.

“She added that the stadium land was not an amenity that the public used.

She said: “I’m going to argue it’s not a sports facility.

“It’s a football stadium used by a football team.”

Chairman of the committee Mark Tewkesbury said he agreed with Cllr James’s comments. He said: “It’s not a sports provision for Weymouth and Portland.”

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6:30am Fri 27 Jun 14

PHonnor says...

Mark Tewkesbury is correct as the ground is in WDDC territory, but councillor James, I would be interested to understand you definition of a sports facility. If it's because more people go to watch the sport than play then that also rules out the Olympic stadium. Also, have you not thought through the implications of your actions, unless lodmoor planning permission is granted or an alternative plan is in place the 125 year old club will be homeless.
Mark Tewkesbury is correct as the ground is in WDDC territory, but councillor James, I would be interested to understand you definition of a sports facility. If it's because more people go to watch the sport than play then that also rules out the Olympic stadium. Also, have you not thought through the implications of your actions, unless lodmoor planning permission is granted or an alternative plan is in place the 125 year old club will be homeless. PHonnor
  • Score: 15

8:28am Fri 27 Jun 14

Rodwellocal says...

As well as hearing the respective councils views on the housing provision, it would be interesting to hear what they want or envisage for the football club which is located in Chickerell & represents Weymouth. Surely they must have some comment on that.
As well as hearing the respective councils views on the housing provision, it would be interesting to hear what they want or envisage for the football club which is located in Chickerell & represents Weymouth. Surely they must have some comment on that. Rodwellocal
  • Score: 4

10:36am Fri 27 Jun 14

cosmick says...

What is an Affordable Home now?
What is an Affordable Home now? cosmick
  • Score: 2

1:16pm Fri 27 Jun 14

RifRafDac says...

Rodwellocal wrote:
As well as hearing the respective councils views on the housing provision, it would be interesting to hear what they want or envisage for the football club which is located in Chickerell & represents Weymouth. Surely they must have some comment on that.
Chickerell is Weymouth.
[quote][p][bold]Rodwellocal[/bold] wrote: As well as hearing the respective councils views on the housing provision, it would be interesting to hear what they want or envisage for the football club which is located in Chickerell & represents Weymouth. Surely they must have some comment on that.[/p][/quote]Chickerell is Weymouth. RifRafDac
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Fri 27 Jun 14

RifRafDac says...

On the matter of the football club. I gather from what Cllr James is saying, she does not really care where the football club goes, in terms of it's home? To me this is not good enough. Local people have worked so hard to ensure that we have a local football club and her dismissive attitude is highly embarrassing. The football club is more important than this.
On the matter of the football club. I gather from what Cllr James is saying, she does not really care where the football club goes, in terms of it's home? To me this is not good enough. Local people have worked so hard to ensure that we have a local football club and her dismissive attitude is highly embarrassing. The football club is more important than this. RifRafDac
  • Score: 6

1:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Douglas Mc says...

RifRafDac wrote:
Rodwellocal wrote:
As well as hearing the respective councils views on the housing provision, it would be interesting to hear what they want or envisage for the football club which is located in Chickerell & represents Weymouth. Surely they must have some comment on that.
Chickerell is Weymouth.
Chickerell is in West Dorset and was in existence when Weymouth was a saltmarsh. Seriously, not sure Chickerell should have to take a further 170 homes above the 1200 already planned.

In any case WFC need a facility that can provide alternative income streams. The borders of Weymouth and Chickerell - where currently located - ideal for such purposes.
[quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rodwellocal[/bold] wrote: As well as hearing the respective councils views on the housing provision, it would be interesting to hear what they want or envisage for the football club which is located in Chickerell & represents Weymouth. Surely they must have some comment on that.[/p][/quote]Chickerell is Weymouth.[/p][/quote]Chickerell is in West Dorset and was in existence when Weymouth was a saltmarsh. Seriously, not sure Chickerell should have to take a further 170 homes above the 1200 already planned. In any case WFC need a facility that can provide alternative income streams. The borders of Weymouth and Chickerell - where currently located - ideal for such purposes. Douglas Mc
  • Score: 0

1:44pm Fri 27 Jun 14

RifRafDac says...

Douglas Mc wrote:
RifRafDac wrote:
Rodwellocal wrote:
As well as hearing the respective councils views on the housing provision, it would be interesting to hear what they want or envisage for the football club which is located in Chickerell & represents Weymouth. Surely they must have some comment on that.
Chickerell is Weymouth.
Chickerell is in West Dorset and was in existence when Weymouth was a saltmarsh. Seriously, not sure Chickerell should have to take a further 170 homes above the 1200 already planned.

In any case WFC need a facility that can provide alternative income streams. The borders of Weymouth and Chickerell - where currently located - ideal for such purposes.
I know about the history. I was just being mischievous.
[quote][p][bold]Douglas Mc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rodwellocal[/bold] wrote: As well as hearing the respective councils views on the housing provision, it would be interesting to hear what they want or envisage for the football club which is located in Chickerell & represents Weymouth. Surely they must have some comment on that.[/p][/quote]Chickerell is Weymouth.[/p][/quote]Chickerell is in West Dorset and was in existence when Weymouth was a saltmarsh. Seriously, not sure Chickerell should have to take a further 170 homes above the 1200 already planned. In any case WFC need a facility that can provide alternative income streams. The borders of Weymouth and Chickerell - where currently located - ideal for such purposes.[/p][/quote]I know about the history. I was just being mischievous. RifRafDac
  • Score: 2

2:20pm Fri 27 Jun 14

PHonnor says...

RifRafDac wrote:
On the matter of the football club. I gather from what Cllr James is saying, she does not really care where the football club goes, in terms of it's home? To me this is not good enough. Local people have worked so hard to ensure that we have a local football club and her dismissive attitude is highly embarrassing. The football club is more important than this.
The town has already been knocked for its lack of facilities and culture by the guardian, it could do with out what is mean to be one of its own jumping on the band waggon. Who does James think the hundreds of fans are who trun up weekly to watch football, yes they are the public using an amenity. you would have to go as far as Bournemouth to witness a larger gathering of people on a regular basis and if thats not worth saving then what is?
[quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: On the matter of the football club. I gather from what Cllr James is saying, she does not really care where the football club goes, in terms of it's home? To me this is not good enough. Local people have worked so hard to ensure that we have a local football club and her dismissive attitude is highly embarrassing. The football club is more important than this.[/p][/quote]The town has already been knocked for its lack of facilities and culture by the guardian, it could do with out what is mean to be one of its own jumping on the band waggon. Who does James think the hundreds of fans are who trun up weekly to watch football, yes they are the public using an amenity. you would have to go as far as Bournemouth to witness a larger gathering of people on a regular basis and if thats not worth saving then what is? PHonnor
  • Score: 4

10:16pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Mr Speedway says...

Weymouth does not need any more houses, NO WAY!. Weymouth is a holiday place to go to. What Weymouth need is at the Stadium a new SPEEDWAY TRACK. The owner must remember this is a sport ground and let's have our SPEEDWAY BACK for the fans of speedway. The owner did the wrong thing by closing the track. I would like to say to the council & the stadium owner. PLEASE! PLEASE! LET US THE SPEEDWAY FANS HAVE OUR SPEEDWAY BACK.
Weymouth does not need any more houses, NO WAY!. Weymouth is a holiday place to go to. What Weymouth need is at the Stadium a new SPEEDWAY TRACK. The owner must remember this is a sport ground and let's have our SPEEDWAY BACK for the fans of speedway. The owner did the wrong thing by closing the track. I would like to say to the council & the stadium owner. PLEASE! PLEASE! LET US THE SPEEDWAY FANS HAVE OUR SPEEDWAY BACK. Mr Speedway
  • Score: 0

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