Terras stadium is still ‘miles away’

An artist's impression of the new facility

An artist's impression of the new facility

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Doubt has been cast on whether a new football stadium may ever be built at Lodmoor in Weymouth.

It was revealed this week that planners were recommending approval for the new Weymouth Football Club stadium but the land is still owned by the borough council and there is no indication that they are prepared to sell.

The plans will be discussed by the planning and traffic committee meeting on Tuesday, when councillors will decide whether to approve or reject a proposed stadium on Lodmoor Way.

Cllr Ian Bruce, communities and facilities briefholder at the council, also said any move for the club was “miles away.”

A planning application for a new home stadium for Weymouth Football Club has been submitted by Wessex Delivery LLP, for the development of 2.48 hectares of land on Lodmoor Way between the beach car park and a civic amenities site. The proposals include a stadium with covered stands, a training pitch, floodlights and community facilities including a cafe and a shop and a new car park.

The plans have received the backing from council officers who recommended councillors approve the development.

But Cllr Ian Bruce said that even though a planning application had been submitted by developers for the land, the council owned the land and had not sold it.

Cllr Bruce said that while he could in no way pre-empt what fellow councillors may decide at the planning meeting, the land remained in the ownership of the council.

He said: “Whatever happens at the planning application meeting on Tuesday, this land is owned by the borough council and we have not accepted any offer from the developers for the land.

“The council has a number of plans to utilise this land for the benefit of the area so nobody should assume that anybody is ready to move.

“The council own the site, but the ownership of the site and planning permissions are two separate things and 15 members of the planning committee will look at the planning aspect let alone the ownership aspects.”

The plans for the new stadium and the redevelopment of the Bob Lucas stadium have divided opinion within the town.

A proposed 170-home development for the Bob Lucas Stadium has been rejected by West Dorset District Council and Wessex LLP has appealed the decision.

A hearing will be held in November.

Cllr Bruce also said any proposed move for the club would hinge on the decision in the winter. He added: “As community facilities brief holder I am perfectly satisfied we have a good stadium for Weymouth and Portland at the Wessex Stadium and there is no need to move it.”

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7:22am Thu 14 Aug 14

Simesen says...

This is a bad place to build a new stadium! Think of the traffic congestion and backups, which already occur, on this busy beach road. Why does the stadium have to move? Is it just for the landowners to cash in on residential housing? Littlemoor opposite the shopping centre would seem a better place, but better still keep it where it is!
This is a bad place to build a new stadium! Think of the traffic congestion and backups, which already occur, on this busy beach road. Why does the stadium have to move? Is it just for the landowners to cash in on residential housing? Littlemoor opposite the shopping centre would seem a better place, but better still keep it where it is! Simesen
  • Score: 16

8:57am Thu 14 Aug 14

PHonnor says...

I'm surprised the council have let this go this far without first determining who will own the site, if the council approve planning permission but don't agree to sell or lease the land then its been all for nothing. What doesn't surprise me is WDP not making a offer, even at this late stage.
I'm surprised the council have let this go this far without first determining who will own the site, if the council approve planning permission but don't agree to sell or lease the land then its been all for nothing. What doesn't surprise me is WDP not making a offer, even at this late stage. PHonnor
  • Score: 5

10:01am Thu 14 Aug 14

Douglas Mc says...

Perhaps site worth more to W&P if developed for up market apartments with added benefit of ongoing Council Tax receipts so they have not been willing to sell it - yet..
Perhaps site worth more to W&P if developed for up market apartments with added benefit of ongoing Council Tax receipts so they have not been willing to sell it - yet.. Douglas Mc
  • Score: -1

10:22am Thu 14 Aug 14

The Fish says...

I thought you could only apply for Outline Planning permission when you did not own the land you are hoping to get planning on - not a full blown Planning Application - I could be wrong, but this does not sound right to me.
I thought you could only apply for Outline Planning permission when you did not own the land you are hoping to get planning on - not a full blown Planning Application - I could be wrong, but this does not sound right to me. The Fish
  • Score: 1

10:35am Thu 14 Aug 14

Mark Golsby says...

Douglas Mc wrote:
Perhaps site worth more to W&P if developed for up market apartments with added benefit of ongoing Council Tax receipts so they have not been willing to sell it - yet..
Up Market apartments built on landfill next to the Lodmoor Tip? Not sure how many buyers would queue up for those.
[quote][p][bold]Douglas Mc[/bold] wrote: Perhaps site worth more to W&P if developed for up market apartments with added benefit of ongoing Council Tax receipts so they have not been willing to sell it - yet..[/p][/quote]Up Market apartments built on landfill next to the Lodmoor Tip? Not sure how many buyers would queue up for those. Mark Golsby
  • Score: 5

11:24am Thu 14 Aug 14

cosmick says...

The Fish wrote:
I thought you could only apply for Outline Planning permission when you did not own the land you are hoping to get planning on - not a full blown Planning Application - I could be wrong, but this does not sound right to me.
No you can apply for full planning even if you do not own the land, you have to fill in a form that lets the public know the fact that you are not the owner. Builders in high price areas do this all the time.
[quote][p][bold]The Fish[/bold] wrote: I thought you could only apply for Outline Planning permission when you did not own the land you are hoping to get planning on - not a full blown Planning Application - I could be wrong, but this does not sound right to me.[/p][/quote]No you can apply for full planning even if you do not own the land, you have to fill in a form that lets the public know the fact that you are not the owner. Builders in high price areas do this all the time. cosmick
  • Score: 4

2:02pm Thu 14 Aug 14

royals says...

The way I see planning law is that if Wessex Delivery want to build houses on Wessex Stadium they have to provide like for like sporting facilities .So I see nothing mentioned about a SPEEDWAY track. So surely Wessex Delivery need to also provide the town with a SPEEDWAY track. Just because they dug the track up at Wessex Stadium they should still have to provide the Town with another track.
Like Ian Bruce says the best place for Weymouth Football is the Wessex Stadium (area set out in the local plan for sporting use). Hopefully we may get speedway back there as well one day.
The way I see planning law is that if Wessex Delivery want to build houses on Wessex Stadium they have to provide like for like sporting facilities .So I see nothing mentioned about a SPEEDWAY track. So surely Wessex Delivery need to also provide the town with a SPEEDWAY track. Just because they dug the track up at Wessex Stadium they should still have to provide the Town with another track. Like Ian Bruce says the best place for Weymouth Football is the Wessex Stadium (area set out in the local plan for sporting use). Hopefully we may get speedway back there as well one day. royals
  • Score: 7

4:39pm Tue 19 Aug 14

JonnyT says...

royals wrote:
The way I see planning law is that if Wessex Delivery want to build houses on Wessex Stadium they have to provide like for like sporting facilities .So I see nothing mentioned about a SPEEDWAY track. So surely Wessex Delivery need to also provide the town with a SPEEDWAY track. Just because they dug the track up at Wessex Stadium they should still have to provide the Town with another track.
Like Ian Bruce says the best place for Weymouth Football is the Wessex Stadium (area set out in the local plan for sporting use). Hopefully we may get speedway back there as well one day.
"The plans have received the backing from council officers who recommended councillors approve the development."

So, are these council officers members / employees of Wessex LLP?
[quote][p][bold]royals[/bold] wrote: The way I see planning law is that if Wessex Delivery want to build houses on Wessex Stadium they have to provide like for like sporting facilities .So I see nothing mentioned about a SPEEDWAY track. So surely Wessex Delivery need to also provide the town with a SPEEDWAY track. Just because they dug the track up at Wessex Stadium they should still have to provide the Town with another track. Like Ian Bruce says the best place for Weymouth Football is the Wessex Stadium (area set out in the local plan for sporting use). Hopefully we may get speedway back there as well one day.[/p][/quote]"The plans have received the backing from council officers who recommended councillors approve the development." So, are these council officers members / employees of Wessex LLP? JonnyT
  • Score: 0

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