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Woking find out council’s decision on new stadium

Woking find out their local council’s decision on whether they are able to be given the green light to build their new stadium.

Proposals for the the club’s new Community Stadium have recently gone on show following a public consultation being held at the club before the coronavirus pandemic.

The plans consist of a 9,000 seater capacity stadium but also includes a new neighbourhood – called Cardinal Court – with more than a thousand houses.

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468 would have been affordable homes – in a mix of studios, apartments and townhouses split across five residential blocks – along with the relocation of a leisure centre, a new Health and Racquet Club, a new medical centre, accommodating up to 14,400 patients, parking for 915 cars

However, they suffered a disappointing setback after the plans were overwhelmingly rejected at a council meeting.

At a planning committee, the proposal to expand the non league club’s existing stadium and build 1,048 new homes was refused.

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The application had been recommended for approval before Tuesday’s planning meeting, but after spending two-and-a-half hours debating the plans, they were overwhelmingly rejected. Eight councillors voted against and one abstained.

Katie Bowes, a member of South Woking Action Group, voice her concerns over the height, bulk and mass, and community value of the development.

She said: “This proposal does not secure the club’s future. What it will do is to permanently change appearance and character of our community of 7,000 residents.”

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Other councillors urged the committee to refuse the application whilst one described the development as “overbearing”, and another said it did not “conform to national and local planning policies”.

Woking FC chairwoman Rosemary Johnson said it is “very disappointing” that the council missed a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to build the new stadium and provide “huge provision” of affordable housing.

In a statement, she stated: “Our purpose has always been to provide a base for our football club to excel and, in so doing, to safeguard and grow our expansive work with the young and most vulnerable in Woking. This would have done that for generations to come.”

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Supporting the proposals, resident and club chaplain Ian Nicholson explained on Tuesday that the club is the “second biggest and most diverse contributor to community life in our town” and the “drive for renewed facilities” has been ongoing for 30 years.

Within her statement, she thanked the fans who “worked tirelessly to get the development over the line” since April 2018.

“I am so proud of our football community and their support for our club. All I can offer is my heartfelt thanks to all those who have put so much work in and I am so sorry that I have not achieved the outcome we had all hoped for.”

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