Citys new Arena 2000 has been given the planning green light and work is set to
start on the £120 million project in the next month.
Coventry City Councils planning policy team gave the Foleshill complex outline
planning permission allowing the Premiership club to push on with its ambitious
The stadium, which will figure a sliding roof and retractable pitch, could host games
for the 2006 World Cup if Englands bid for the tournament is successful.
The club can now start on the detailed design of the stadium before applying again for
full planning consent later in the year.
Citys chief executive Stuart Rolt, who was brought in to oversee the project,
said the club and council would soon reach agreement on more details.
He told CWN:
"In about 10 days we will be signing a section 106 which gives details of the
building and operating procedures for the project.
"In about four or five months time we have enough detail on the stadium itself to
submit plans, in accordance with the 106, to the council. The stadium will come first and
then the rest of the development.
"The design has to progress for two reasons. Firstly so we can get the detailed
planning permission and so we can receive formal planning quotations from bidding
"Work will start soon on moving the gas pressure reducing station, which belongs
to Transco. That will remain on the site but move from its present position. The gas
holders will also be removed and the site cleared ready for the decontamination to start.
"Hopefully that will mean we should be in a position to really get on site. There
is, quite obviously a lot still do but we are very pleased with the outline permission.
"There has been a great deal of work done by the council, their planning
department and our team."
Policy team chair Councillor Sheila Collins added: