STADIUM PLANS APPROVED FOR WORCESTER

Plans to build a new stadium for Worcester City Football Club have been approved by the city council.

The 3,000-seater venue at Nunnery Way site, near junction 7 of the M5, is thought to create up to 1,000 jobs on the site. The project includes 700 parking spaces, office buildings, a hotel, restaurant and car and motorcycle showroom, along with room to expand the capacity of the stadium.

Worcester sold its current St George's Lane ground for housing development as part of an enabling development and needs to move by July 2013.
Director of the club Anthony Hampson told BBC News: "I'm delighted, it's a major step forward for the survival of the club. We were near bankruptcy at one stage but we've managed to swing the situation round and make the club break even and invest in the playing squad as well.

"We've got a lot of support in the city for the club that we didn't have before." Councillors voted six in favour and five against the application, which was first submitted in 2008.

Posted on 09/01/2012