Cambridge City's hopes to build a new stadium have suffered a setback after South Cambridgeshire District Council raised concerns about the potential loss of green belt land and increased traffic.

The Southern League club recently left their Milton Road home and have agreed a groundshare with near-neighbours Histon, but they had hoped to construct a 3,000-capacity stadium on land near Sawston in Cambridgeshire.

Whites chairman Kevin Satchell admitted it was a setback, but insisted the club will “push on.”

The district and city council also rejected a proposal for a new stadium for Cambridge's other team – Cambridge United – last month.

The council's cabinet member for planning policy, Pippa Corney, said: "While we've ruled out the current proposals for a Cambridge City stadium in Sawston, if the club is able to find a suitable site in south Cambridgeshire, where planning permission can be granted, we will work with them and the community to make it a success."

Posted on 04/06/2013