Dorset

Poole Town Football Club stadium plans approved

Map of the plans for the new stadium
Image caption The new stadium will provide covered seating for 150 people

Plans to build a new football stadium in Poole in Dorset have been approved by councillors.

Poole Town Football Club wants to use land west of Bearwood, off Magna Road in Canford Magna, to develop a new football ground.

The application was approved despite being recommended for refusal by planning officers.

It includes two playing pitches, a 150-seater stand and pavilion, flood lighting and a 156-space car park.

Members of the Borough of Poole planning committee voted unanimously to grant the club's application, subject to conditions, at a meeting at the Hamworthy Club earlier.

In 2009 Poole Town FC's application to build a new stadium at Branksome Rec was refused, despite having been recommended for approval.

Stephen Thorne, head of planning and regeneration services at the council, said: "Members of the planning committee considered the application for Poole Town Football Club and in weighing up all the issues concluded that this was an exceptional application for a number of reasons.

"Members also made it clear that the remainder of the land should be safeguarded for future employment use in accordance with the council's core strategy."

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