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11:50am 4th April 2013
(Updated 11:50am 4th April 2013)
A Stadium for Cornwall could be built within two years.
Planners have given permission for the ten thousand seater at Threemilestone.
Campaigners argue it will create hundreds of jobs and bring in millions to the Duchy
Campaigner Rod Lyons from Stadium 4 Cornwall said: "For us really it's getting, shall I say, out of hand. It's been going on for so long we're getting to the point where you've got to say it's been approved now because you can't just got on saying 'We'll delay it for another two months because they want this or something else.' It's time we got going and did something.
"It's very important. Not just because of the financial aspect but because Cornwall must look forward. For too long many of the councillors have looked back and they look at this as a white elephant that's never going to make money. This does work - it will work."
Toby Parkins, President of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, threw his weight behind the scheme: "I’ve spent time investigating the potential economic impact of a Stadium for Cornwall and the wide range of benefits it will have upon a number of areas of the cornish economy.
"Stadiums in many areas of the UK form major parts of economic regeneration programmes due to the many areas of business that are affected by them and Exeter business people tell me it’s clear they have benefited enormously from their new stadium. This is a transformational project for Cornwall that will represent a key step change in the Duchy’s growth and produce a significant positive effect on the whole of Cornwall’s economic prosperity."
But some people living near the potential site are not so sure. Ron Cook lives nearby and said: "I've absolutely no problem with a stadium for Cornwall - Cornwall needs a stadium. The question is, is it in the right position?
"The sad fact is that people will discover it's in the wrong position when they can't easily get to it and away from it."
You can see the plans on the Stadium 4 Cornwall website here
Welcoming the news Stadium 4 Cornwall said: "The S4C Group is needless to say extremely delighted to comment on the approval today at Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Meeting that the Stadium for Cornwall application has at long last been approved.
"The four years plus of extremely hard work put in by the Group has now proven to have been really worthwhile, and having attained this final stage in the planning process, we can now look forward to Cornwall’s dream of its own Stadium finally coming into fruition."11:50am 4th April 2013
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