Truro stadium scheme back in the planning pipeline
DETAILED plans for a stadium at Truro have been submitted to Cornwall Council.
It was thought dreams of such a venue may have been scuppered when Cornwall Council refused to plough £10 million of public money into the project.
In May Cornwall Council said the "proposed Cornwall Community Stadium project is unable to proceed as a 'private sector only'... initiative and therefore requires financial support from the council if it is to proceed".
Now it has confirmed a planning application for a privately-funded scheme has been submitted.
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The first phase of the £20 million sports stadium would contain a 4,000-seat grandstand at Threemilestone with conferencing facilities, campaigners have revealed.
It would be "ostensibly" a floodlit rugby stadium used by the Cornish Pirates, with an option to increase the capacity to 10,000 using temporary stands to meet RFU criteria should the club secure promotion to the Premiership.
Campaigners for the development claimed the naming rights for the venue were "up for grabs" as efforts continued to raise a shortfall of about £10 million.
Rod Lyon, general secretary of the Stadium for Cornwall Working Group, said calling the stadium after a corporate sponsor "would not worry us at all".
"Ostensibly, it will be a stadium for football and rugby – as and when finance becomes available we will look at phases two and three, adding training pitches, swimming pools and a leisure complex.
"We are Pirates' supporters and have a vested interest in rugby, but our dream is still a proper stadium for Cornwall."
Cornwall Community Stadium Ltd (CCSL), comprising Truro and Penwith College, developer Inox Group and the Pirates, believed the project, which won outline planning permission in November last year, could be built for as little as £16 million.
This figure budgets for the £4 million cost of the land, to be gifted by Inox, the company behind a planned neighbouring residential development, as required by planning consents but even if approved, an access road and potentially millions of pounds are needed in grants from national sporting bodies.
Mr Lyon said the stadium could be ready for the start of the 2014 rugby season.