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Stadium for Cornwall: Land Deal is 'Good News'

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 8:40am 9th April 2014

Land that has planning for a Stadium for Cornwall could be used to build an outdoor sports' facility.

The Council has taken over ownership of Langarth Farm at Threemilestone.

Officials insist it is not the end of the project.

Rod Lyon from the Stadium for Cornwall Working Group said: "The stadium is not a stadium for one sport. It's a community stadium, privately funded - so it could be for rugby, it could be for football, it could be for hockey, it could be for any sort of sport that can take place on a grassed area inside enclosed space.

"The way we're reading it at the present is this piece of land is designated as a public open space and could be used for the stadium and alternative land found in that area for an additional public open space so to us it's good news."

Cornwall Council has released the following information:

As part of the planning permission given for the Langarth Farm mixed use development Cornwall Council was required to exercise an option for outdoor sports provision to serve the development in accordance with the Heads of Terms of the section 106 agreement approved by the Strategic Planning Committee in May 2012.

Three options were originally proposed and, having carefully considered all the relevant issues, the Council's Director of Economy, Enterprise and Environment has today formally notified  the owners of the land, the Stephens family, and INOX, the developer, that he is requiring the parcel of land, known as 'the Blue Land', to be transferred to the Council.  This transfer will also include a sum of up to £900,000 which will be used to provide outdoor sports facilities for the local community at a later date, post commencement of the development.

This option provides the best facilities and the best potential for future expansion and, is, therefore, considered to be in the overall best interests of current and future residents of the Langarth and Threemilestone area.

In making this decision, the Council was required to consider how best to provide open space and outdoor sports facilities to serve the Langarth development. At a later date other developments in the area may well share the facility subject to appropriate s106 agreement contributions. Various other matters, including the provision of a stadium, are outside the scope of this decision and could not be legally required as part of the s106 agreement.

The site chosen by the Council for open space is the same land that has planning permission for a stadium to be built. However, selecting this option will ensure that the largest and flattest area has been preserved for public use and will ensure that it is not the subject of an application for an alternative development proposal, which is a real risk should the Council not choose this option. Selecting this land does not necessarily preclude its development for a stadium in the future.

While the Council has previously expressed its support in principle for a stadium funded by the private sector, no substantive plans have been put forward to build the stadium since the original planning permission was granted.  Should a realistic proposal come forward in the future, the Council would consider the feasibility of exchanging the stadium site for similar alternative  land in the Threemilestone and Langarth area for open space and public sports provision.

We note INOX's offer to extend the period of time in which the decision could be made. We thank them for this but note that it would require a change to the existing planning obligation and the consent of landowners. As we do not believe that additional time would lead to a better informed or a different decision, we do not think it would be beneficial to take it.

In a statement, Rob Saltmarsh from INOX said: "Inox is pleased that after careful consideration, Cornwall Council has selected the 'Blue Land' option for outdoor sports provision as part of the Langarth residential S106 agreement, which also has detailed planning consent for a community stadium.

Inox is currently progressing plans for an enabling development application that would fund the construction of a stadium at no cost to the taxpayer and this application is expected to be submitted in the later part of 2014.

Inox remains wholly committed to ensuring that the stadium is delivered and that it will provide for an exciting and exceptional environment for sport, recreation, education and local business development in Cornwall."

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