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Truro stadium scheme back in the planning pipeline

By West Briton  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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DETAILED plans for a stadium at Truro have been submitted to Cornwall Council.

It was thought dreams of such a venue may have been scuppered when Cornwall Council refused to plough £10 million of public money into the project.

In May Cornwall Council said the "proposed Cornwall Community Stadium project is unable to proceed as a 'private sector only'... initiative and therefore requires financial support from the council if it is to proceed".

Now it has confirmed a planning application for a privately-funded scheme has been submitted.

The first phase of the £20 million sports stadium would contain a 4,000-seat grandstand at Threemilestone with conferencing facilities, campaigners have revealed.

It would be "ostensibly" a floodlit rugby stadium used by the Cornish Pirates, with an option to increase the capacity to 10,000 using temporary stands to meet RFU criteria should the club secure promotion to the Premiership.

Campaigners for the development claimed the naming rights for the venue were "up for grabs" as efforts continued to raise a shortfall of about £10 million.

Rod Lyon, general secretary of the Stadium for Cornwall Working Group, said calling the stadium after a corporate sponsor "would not worry us at all".

"Ostensibly, it will be a stadium for football and rugby – as and when finance becomes available we will look at phases two and three, adding training pitches, swimming pools and a leisure complex.

"We are Pirates' supporters and have a vested interest in rugby, but our dream is still a proper stadium for Cornwall."

Cornwall Community Stadium Ltd (CCSL), comprising Truro and Penwith College, developer Inox Group and the Pirates, believed the project, which won outline planning permission in November last year, could be built for as little as £16 million.

This figure budgets for the £4 million cost of the land, to be gifted by Inox, the company behind a planned neighbouring residential development, as required by planning consents but even if approved, an access road and potentially millions of pounds are needed in grants from national sporting bodies.

Mr Lyon said the stadium could be ready for the start of the 2014 rugby season.

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  • pilgrimboz  |  October 06 2012, 12:45AM

    do we have to suffer this 'for Cornwall' nonsense everytime theres an amenity built.Its not for 'Cornwall' its for Truro like everything Else. Pirates are the only club who could get anywhere near filling it and they're from Penzance! Whats 'for Cornwall' got to do with it? Do you think they use such a pathetic strapline in Yorkshire or Essex? Its getting tiresome and we're not fooled one bit.

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  • bissoeboy  |  October 04 2012, 2:59PM

    Based on the alternative locations, if it was my money i'd what to build it there.

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  • kernewekonan  |  October 04 2012, 11:21AM

    seems like the emphasis is all about truro not a stadium for cornwall. i have said all along that this is the case which is the usual clandestine way this cornwall council goes about things they want and not for the benefit of the whole of cornwall. although they have said they will not directly help finance this scheme in the end tax payers money will get used for roads and other services to the site. truro first and last so much for one and all.

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  • poldice  |  October 04 2012, 10:38AM

    This Guy must have more neck than a giraffe, using this forum to promote what appears to be a estate agency... is he paying Northcliff Media for the advertising I wonder? By the by whoever it is behind this deserves full marks for self promotion.

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  • Changinghouse  |  October 04 2012, 10:12AM

    This would be good for Truro. I think they should build it in a way in which the stadium could keep generating money for Truro. Like concerts, and thing like that. That would be good.

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