A multi-million pound scheme to transform the area beside Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park stadium have been approved by planners.
The Pilgrims wanted to completely refurbish their ageing grandstand at their stadium so it can boast modern facilities and rake in extra cash for the club.
As well, the plans involve the massive overhaul of neighbouring landthat would also see a new ice arena, offices, a hotel, shops, bars and more built next door.
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Unanimous approval was granted by Plymouth City Council’s planning committee this afternoon, the Plymouth Herald reports.
Committee chair Kevin Wigens welcomed and supported the application, saying the football club was important to the city and ‘the very fabric of what makes Plymouth what it is.’
An artist’s impression of how New Mayflower Grandstand may look after the development
City planners had already recommended the plans for approval.
The hybrid planning applications are for a new hotel on land at Higher Home Park as well as food outlets, a vets, a gym and an ice rink, while the second part of the application is to completely renovate the outdated Mayflower Stand at Home Park.
The report states: “Phase 1 – This will see the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Mayflower Grandstand, the provision of the new Ice Arena, landscaping within Zoo field, on and off site drainage improvements, temporary surfaced car park and public realm. Full planning permission has been sought for all these elements.
“Phase 2 – This will see the development of Western Gateway Site by demolishing the existing kennels and construct new veterinary surgery and offices with hotel, A3/A4 and café proposals and associated parking. This element is currently outline, therefore it cannot commence until a reserved matters application has been submitted to, and approved by the Local Planning Authority.
Home Park could be set to gain a new grandstand (Image: Pinnacle)
“Phase 3 – This will see the development of the commercial units, office space and gymnasium at Higher Home Park and include the completion the external paved public realm. This element is currently outline, therefore it cannot commence until a reserved matters application has been submitted to, and approved by the Local Planning Authority.
“Phase 4 – This final phase will see the completion of the Stadium works (Stage 2) through the development of the south-east and south-west corner infill sections of Grandstand. Full planning permission has been sought for all these elements.”
The report also outlines the benefits the development would bring not just to Argyle, but the city of Plymouth as a whole. It would bring 400 jobs to the city and cites the leisure facilities as something constructive for young people and claims if the application is turned down, it would be a major loss to the city.
The proposal for New Mayflower Grandstand at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park
In conclusion, the report stated: “The supportive letters cite the Grandstand development as nothing but beneficial for PAFC.
“Both parts of the hybrid proposal would bring city growth and improved employment prosperity for businesses and people in the surrounding area (and for Plymouth in general).
“Many supporters believe the club will benefit significantly from ‘modernisation’ such as the planned conference facilities putting the complex (and Plymouth) on the map in terms of business attraction and football investment.
“Plymouth’s transport connectivity (e.g. Citybus and P&R) accommodates the extra influx of onsite activity.
“The mixed use activities proposed would be good for youngsters and the wider demographic (appealing to more groups and individuals than before).
“Support for the ice rink was referenced several times and other onsite activities create a benefit to the existing Life Centre.”
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