POOLE STADIUM PLANS APPROVED

Poole Town Football Club has received planning permission to build a new football stadium.

Members of the Borough of Poole planning committee voted unanimously to grant the club's application. It was approved despite being recommended for refusal by planning officers.

The new complex will feature two playing pitches, a 150-seater stand and pavilion, flood lighting and a 156-space car park. It will replace their current home at Tatnam Stadium.

Stephen Thorne, head of planning and regeneration services at the council, told the BBC: "Members of the planning committee considered the application and weighed up all the issues. We concluded that this was an exceptional application for a number of reasons.

"Members also made it clear that the remainder of the land should be safeguarded for future employment use in accordance with the council's core strategy," he added.

Posted on 15/04/2011