WSDL MOVE CLOSER TO NEW STADIUM

Plans for delivering a new stadium for Wycombe Wanderers and London Wasps took a major step forward as Wycombe Sports Developments Limited revealed the preferred location.

WDSL hope to build a new venue as well as an important sports village for the community at Wycombe Air Park at Booker.

Both clubs, through WDSL, have outlined their vision for a jointly operated stadium with a 17,500-20,000-seater capacity along with sports facility for the local community.

The sports village would include pitches for football and rugby, a racquets centre, cricket ground, five-a-side pitches and an athletics facility.

New commercial space, a hotel and connected residential development could also form part of the overall development alongside new facilities for education and training.

WSDL has launched a new website this week to explain the vision and how people can get involved.

Wycombe District Council is carrying out a public consultation to gather feedback on how the local community would like to see the proposals taken forward.

Steve Hayes, owner of Wycombe Wanderers and Wasps, told club website: "We launched a vision in March for how we want to develop new facilities that would be really exciting, would help us build a successful and sustainable future here in Wycombe and would provide tremendous benefits for the clubs, the fans and the community we serve.

"We are now clear on how we can best achieve that - by building a new community stadium and sports village at Wycombe Air Park at Booker."

WSDL has launched the website to ensure that supporters, stakeholders, the community and anyone with an interest in the proposals can find out more and get involved.

"This is about building something in Wycombe that we can be proud of, that will deliver a major boost to the community and which will create a positive and lasting legacy," added Hayes.

An initial decision on the proposed site will be made following public consultation by the local council.

Posted on 30/09/2010