Nuneaton Borough FC has
suffered a major set-back in its bid for league status after a
planning application for a new stadium was refused.
The club needs to update
its facilities by 2004 so they are the same standard as those
required for entry to the football league.
Last night Nuneaton and
Bedworth Borough Council’s planning committee voted to reject
the club’s latest proposal for a £4.2 million stadium at
The ground would have
had an initial capacity for 6,500, which could have increased to
1,000 in Nuneaton won promotion from the Nationwide Conference.
Residents queued up to
speak against the proposal and convinced councillors to throw
out the proposal.
chairman Phil Clayton said the decision was a “major
set-back” after 18 months of jumping through hoops laid down
by the council.
”This is the second
application that has been refused. Despite the council
suggesting possible sites to us, they will not give us
permission. It is the same group of councillors doing this.
“It makes you wonder
if they want a football club in this town.”
Mr Clayton said members
of the club board would meet tonight to discuss the next step.
He added that the people
living nearby had missed a big opportunity:
“This would have
been a community facility as well, for youngsters to develop
on the sporting side and with social facilities available.”
Councillors praised the
way the 18 speakers presented their points at last night’s
Cllr Julie Jackson,
chair of the committee, said
vote to refuse the application was passed on the grounds that it
would cause an unacceptable loss of amenity to local residents,
and that it is located closer to hazardous materials than
advised by the Health and Safety Executive.
was greatly assisted in this difficult decision.
“The committee heard
from objectors to the proposal and also from its supporters.
Many important points were brought forward, both from written
contributions and by the persons who spoke at the