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Cambridge City to continue with plans for new stadium at Sawston

By Adrian Curtis

Artist impression of the Cambridge City FC Sawston football ground
Artist impression of the Cambridge City FC Sawston football ground

City to resubmit planning application

Cambridge City Football Club hopes to get plans for a new stadium at Sawston back on track in the near future by resubmitting its planning application.

The Lilywhites are looking to build a new facility to the north of the village with a 3,000-seater stadium, a 4G artificial pitch and land which will be donated to the parish council.

They were dealt a blow in February when planning permission for a previous application was quashed following a High Court ruling that South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) had not given clear reasoning to override planning officers’ recommendation to refuse the original application.

Now City hope to resubmit their application, which will form the main part of the process, and will need to repeat some of the processes behind their successful application in 2014.That could include another public consultation with Sawston residents and a meeting with members of the parish council.

It is then hoped the planning application will be heard by SCDC within the next few months.

City chairman Kevin Satchell said: “Since the setback in February, we have worked hard to speak to all relevant parties so that we can get the process back on track.

“Clearly, we have a long way to go still, but I’m pleased that our new application is likely to be heard in the coming months.”

Mr Satchell said that the club was looking forward to engaging with the local community again in a new public consultation.

“We have had some real positive feedback from the local community just recently, with many disappointed at the latest planning setback,” he said.

“We’ve stated all along that what we’re offering is more than just a football club, and there’s a growing feeling now of the benefit the development will bring to the local area.

“We certainly want the local community to feel part of this as much as our own supporters, and that will be one of the many messages that we will be looking to get across during the consultation process.”

City, who play in the Evo-Stik League, have been groundsharing – first with Histon and currently with St Ives – since leaving their Milton Road home in April 2013.


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