Land deal paves way for new stadium

Land deal paves way for new stadium

The construction of a new football stadium for non-league Leamington is set to go ahead after the purchase of the land was greed by Warwick District Council.

A meeting of the local authority saw a clear majority voting in favour of the move, which means the plot of land located just off Europa Way in the famous spa town will now be developed with a stadium capable of holding 5,000 fans, subject to approval by the club's shareholders at a meeting next month.

Provided they give consent, the project will see not just a new stadium being constructed, but also a primary school, community hall and medical centre. Other developments may follow, including shops, a pub, a hotel and housing. 

The council will acquire the club's existing home ground at Harbury Lane, which has been proposed as a site for travellers.

Speaking ahead of the council meeting, club chairman Jim Scott said: "Leamington FC very much welcomes this key step forward. A new stadium with improved access and facilities will help us fulfil our aspirations to move into higher leagues."

Council leader Andrew Mobbs said: "A new stadium and sports hub for our area has the potential to be a new focal point for the community with huge benefits for the health, fitness and well-being of our residents."

The club currently plays in the Evo-Stik Southern, which is on the eighth tier of the football pyramid, four levels below the Football League. If the new stadium enables it to be more successful and move up the leagues, it could draw support from an area that is more likely to gravitate to nearby league clubs such as Coventry City, Birmingham City and Aston Villa.

Leamington is not the only non-league club making progress this month on a new stadium, with Truro City agreeing a ground-share deal with rugby union outfit Cornish Pirates that will see the two clubs sharing a proposed new 6,000-capacity stadium.