Hereford & Worcester

Plans for new Worcester City FC ground rejected

Model of plans
Image caption Stadium plans have previously been drawn up

Plans for a new ground for Worcester City FC have been rejected.

Five Conservative city councillors voted not to grant planning permission for a 4,400-capacity stadium near Perdiswell Leisure Centre.

Many Tory councillors said having a community sports ground was crafty wording for what in effect would be a football ground with very little use for the public.

The club's supporters trust has vowed to appeal against the decision.

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Planning officers had recommended proposals for approval.

At a meeting last month, councillors voting against argued the stadium would have a significant impact on the green space of a park and on the local community.

The application was for a 4,400-capacity stadium which would have an all-weather pitch, floodlights and 82 parking spaces.

Speaking after Thursday's outcome, Rich Widdowson, from the supporters trust, which was behind the plans, said it was "purely a political decision".

He said: "They're picturing Perdiswell as some beautiful haven. It's not. It's a dump.

"We'll be appealing and we will win the appeal, so the council will have a hefty bill at some stage... down the line."

The issue could go to a planning inspector or to a public inquiry.

Council leader Labour's Adrian Gregson warned it could end up costing the taxpayer and the council a lot of money.

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