GLOUCESTER SUBMIT PLANNING FOR NEW STADIUM

Gloucester City Football Club will submit a planning application for a new stadium within the next two weeks.

The Blue Square Bet North club plan to build within the boundaries of their former ground Meadow Park. City have been without a home since the floods of the summer of 2007, having played one season at New Lawn, two seasons at The Corinium Stadium and the current season at Whaddon Road.

City chairman Nigel Hughes said: "After almost four years of uncertainty about the club’s future, and having to play our fixtures away from our city, I am delighted at this news.

"I am especially pleased for our supporters, who have throughout this very difficult time, been wonderfully supportive and extremely patient with us. There is still much work to be done but this gives us all a big lift and is something to work towards," he added.

The planning application will be submitted during the week commencing February 28 and will be the beginning of a long project to building a new home as club spokesman Mike Dunstan explained. "This is fantastic news not just because it’s the next step in the journey to bring the club back to the city.

"But also because we believe the scheme will bring significant benefits to our immediate neighbours and to the wider community, something that has been important to us as we have moved towards this point."

Despite being without a permanent stadium since 2007, City successfully achieved promotion to the Blue Square Bet North last season and believe a new home could help push the club towards the Football League.

Posted on 16/02/2011