Stadium scheme gets go-ahead after 10-year wait

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PLANS for a multi-million pound football project in Bury St Edmunds have been given the green light.

Bury Town Football Club will move from its home at Ram Meadow to a new ground at Moreton Hall after St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s development control committee approved the plans on December 1.

The £2 million project, to be built near Lady Miriam Way, will include a floodlit pitch with three spectator stands, a community football centre building, an artificial grass pitch and two community grass pitches.

Moreton Hall borough councillor,Frank Warby said he was delighted that the project had finally been rubber-stamped.

He said: “Moreton Hall is a growing place and this sports facility will benefit the whole community.

“I am over the moon that it has finally gone through – they have held it back for two years now. We have 15 young football teams including girls’ teams who will now have a decent place to take part in the sport.

“It also prevents more houses being built there, something that many people in the area are worried about. I would like to thank everyone who worked on it for getting the project through – well done to all of them.”

The project hit a stumbling block when it was deferred in October after it was discovered there were fewer parking spaces mapped out on the project blueprints than had been expected.

Cllr Terry Beckwith warned that problems such as parking will need to be well managed to make sure they do not impact the area.

He said: “The onus is with Bury Town Football Club to make this work.

“They need to ensure that parking doesn’t impact in residential areas and to make sure people can move to and from the site in evenings.”

Bury Town Football Club chairman Russell Ward said he hoped building will start in the New Year.

He said: “It’s been a long time coming. We first spoke to the council more than 10 years ago, so we’re really happy to finally get planning permission.”