Six months after planning application for a new community stadium was rejected, Cambridge United have announced they could be staying put at the R Costings Abbey.

The Abbey’s landlords, Grosvener, originally wanted to construct a new community stadium in Trumpington, but the idea was quashed by Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire District councils back in May. 

Those plans were discarded because the need for a new stadium was not deemed to outweigh the loss of green belt land.

As a result, an alternative plan is now being explored which could be completed by 2015 or 2016.

The new project would see a strip of new housing in Trumpington ensconced within a community sporting village, which would include a velodrome, sports hall, football and hockey pitches, and be the new training ground for the Skrill Premier side. 

Meanwhile, Grosvenor would fund a redevelopment of the Abbey’s Newmarket Road End - the home terrace - which would in turn become a community stadium.

Posted on 14/11/2013