Cornish Pirates’ new chairman hopes the rugby club will be competing in a new stadium by 2016.
The venue, to be built in the city of Truro, would replace the club’s current home at the Mennaye Field in Penzance
, which does not meet the minimum Premiership rugby criteria.
Ian Connell – who has taken charge of a new board of seven directors – said: “We’re encouraged that during the course of this year we’ll get the necessary approvals to start the build so we can play in the stadium by season 2016/17.
“Cornwall deserves a first-class community facility and we want to play in that. We know that it will be in Truro and it will be a good move for the Pirates being in the centre of the county.”
In 2012, Cornwall councillors rejected a £10 million bid for council funds to help pay for building costs, but developers Inox have now secured more land to build commercial projects and help fund the project.