Cornwall’s largest football club has signed multi-million pound deal which will relocate their stadium to make room for a retail park.
Truro City Football Club (FC) have confirmed it will be relocating their training ground and pitch to an unknown place in the near future.
The Southern League Premier Division club, which has been based on the Treyew Road site for more than 40 years, signed a deal, dependent on planning permission, with Helical Retail today.
Under the agreement, the retail giant will finance the building of a new stadium to conference level standard including a 4G playing pitch.
The location for the new pitch has not been decided, but the proposed Stadium for Cornwall site at Threemilestone or an area at Nansavallam Farm near Arch Hill are both possibilities.
The Treyew Road site would then be turned in to a retail park with the aim of attracting big brands such as John Lewis.
Owners Philip Perryman and Peter Masters, who saved the club from liquidation in 2012, have spoken to the West Briton about their delight.
Mr Masters said: “On a personal note, both Philip and I feel a great sense of achievement and satisfaction.
“With the burden of past negative events extinguished, our league status and future success will now be decided by the team performance on the pitch, sponsors, volunteers and importantly, supporters passing through the turnstiles.
“As guardians, we both feel very proud and indeed privileged to have steered Truro City Football Club through what has been its most challenging period in the Club's 125 year history.
“It is truly a momentous moment for the club, Truro City and indeed the whole of Cornwall. Rejoice!”
A public exhibition of the plans for the ground will open next Friday on the Treyew Road site between 6pm and 8pm and from 10am to 4pm the following day.
Representatives from Helical Retail will be on hand to answer any questions.