Gloucester City Football Club has submitted their detailed planning application for the new stadium at Meadow Park to Gloucester City Council.\r\n\r\nThis is a vitally important moment for the club as it is a positive step in the right direction as the Tigers look for a swift return to Gloucester.\r\n\r\nThe 4,000 capacity facility on the site of the club’s former ground at Meadow Park will be built to the specifications of a Conference Premier graded ground, one level above City’s current league standing.\r\n\r\nThe plans involve a 1,000 seat main stand, surrounded by three sides of built-up terracing, with over 300 available car parking spaces.\r\n\r\nInterim Chairman Mike Dunstan is thrilled that the club has finally been able to release the news after a drawn out process.\r\n\r\n”It’s fantastic to take this significant step towards a return to our City and I hope fans are as thrilled with the scale and ambition of the plans as we are.\r\n\r\n“This stadium will provide the club and indeed the city with a fabulous facility for sport.”\r\n\r\n”This is a significant step on what has been a long and difficult journey but there is a lot to do, not just to build the stadium, but also to build the club to make it a success when we move in.\r\n\r\n“That won’t just happen, it will take time and effort but we are determined to make a success of it.”\r\n\r\nGloucester City manager Tim Harris, who was in charge when the 2007 floods forcibly moved the club from Meadow Park, is  ‘absolutely delighted’ that this vital moment has come.\r\n\r\n“I am absolutely delighted that the next step in the Club’s return to Gloucester has now been reached with the planning application, together with all City fans we believe this vital as we look to progress the club on and off the field,” explained Harris.\r\n\r\n“The fact people from our own community and all the youngsters from Gloucestershire will be able to support Gloucester City Football Club back in our City soon is tremendous news and a huge boost for everyone.\r\n\r\n“Whilst we are fully aware this is a major step forward, there is still an awful lot that needs to come together and we all hope the timescales now will provide a great light at the end of a very long tunnel.”\r\n\r\nThe club’s planning consultant, Paul Duncliffe, is also positive that the hard work in creating this application will pay off.\r\n\r\n““The current planning application has addressed the fundamental flooding issues that have persisted for several years and we are pleased to report that the Environment Agency have no objections to the new stadium,” said Duncliffe.\r\n\r\n“The Club have worked very hard, in conjunction with their various partners, to get to the current stage.\r\n\r\n“Paul James, as Leader of Gloucester City Council has been very supportive as have the Officers of Gloucester City Council and Gloucestershire County Council.\r\n\r\n“Having resolved the flooding issues, the Club hope that the planning application will be positively received by the City Council and a favourable recommendation can be made to the City Council’s Planning Committee later this summer.”\r\n\r\nDirector Brian McGurk believes that having the planning application approved will enable the club to move forward into the future, both on and off the pitch.\r\n\r\n“Securing outline planning permission is a critical step in the process of bringing Gloucester City back home to the City,” assured McGurk.\r\n\r\n“This is what everyone involved with City have been working tirelessly to achieve since 2007.\r\n\r\n“Everyone involved knows how important it is to get the planning application approved as that will enable the Club to move forward with certainty and will also provide a solid platform for the Club in terms of funding applications and investor confidence.\r\n\r\n“Although the Club would have liked to have been able to have delivered the wider flood improvement scheme it became clear that the difficulties associated with land ownership and delivery thwarted that approach.\r\n\r\n“The Club are pleased to say however that they will be making a significant investment to other flood improvement works in the Hempsted area and will be working closely with the Environment Agency to bring these positive benefits forward.”\r\n\r\nChairman Dunstan is under no illusions that it will be an easy road home, as the club searches for additional help from the business community, but is preparing himself for an ‘exciting journey’.\r\n\r\n“We continue to look for additional expertise and inspiration from the business community to drive that.\r\n\r\n“The message is a simple one, City is coming home, we intend to return as a vibrant and successful club at every level – come along and join us on what will be an exciting journey.”\r\n\r\nDetailed plans will be available for supporters to view in the near future.\r\n\r\nIf you would like to view the plans currently available, please click HERE and HERE.

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