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We Could Have A Stadium For Cornwall By 2017

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9:34am 3rd December 2014
(Updated 9:34am 3rd December 2014)

A stadium for Cornwall could be built in Truro by 2017.

It would be paid for by cash from another development that includes 130 new homes and a supermarket at West Langarth near Threemilestone.

If that gets planning permission from Cornwall Council it will guarantee £10 million to fund the stadium.

Plans have been revealed for the 6,000 seater stadium - which could later be extended to a 10,000 capacity.

The Cornish Pirates have announced they will move their base to the site.

The club say that being based in Truro would boost match day attendance and revenue from advertising and sponsorship, with additional revenue coming from events, conferencing and hospitality.

Cornwall Council has estimated the annual economic impact of the stadium on the local economy would be around £3 million, with at least £800,000 per year being spent in the city centre by fans.

Truro and Penwith College also reaffirmed its £2million investment in the project, saying the stadium would play a key role in the college's future development by housing its business centre and hospitality and catering teaching facilities as part of its growing provision in these areas.

It is hoped it will create around 300 new jobs, and bring £4.3million into the local economy every year.

The four key players behind the scheme, the Cornish Pirates, Truro and Penwith College, Inox Group and Henry Boot developments have signed a document to work together.

Rob Saltmarsh, managing director of Inox Group, which already has detailed planning permission for the Stadium, said: "This agreement commits all partners to work towards the delivery of a Stadium for Cornwall at no cost to the taxpayer and sets out a roadmap for its delivery and operation. It still depends on our West Langarth project being approved, but we hope the enormous community benefit the stadium will deliver for Truro and Cornwall will be a deciding factor when it comes before Cornwall Council's planners."

Julian Painter, director at Henry Boot Developments Ltd, said: "The Stadium for Cornwall is an inspiring project and we are committed to ring fencing proceeds from the West Langarth development for its construction. Henry Boot has been building successful commercial developments for more than a century and currently has two schemes in Bodmin valued at £7 million, one of which has just started work on site. We are confident that we can achieve the values required for the stadium's delivery."

Ian Connell, chairman of the Cornish Pirates, said: "This will be a genuine community stadium that will transform sport in Cornwall and inspire people of all ages. For the Pirates it would create a facility fit to host Premiership rugby and be a base for a raft of our community-focused activities with schools and clubs, while being a focus for other business and social events year-round."

Martin Tucker, director at Penwith College said: "We are tremendously excited by what the stadium would offer. It would be a permanent home for our business centre supporting businesses and apprenticeships across Cornwall. We would build a new training kitchen and restaurant that would be open to the public, and base our Steins Academy there. It would also offer a top quality conference and business meeting venue, and we would deliver a range of sports-related and coaching and leadership qualifications."

9:34am 3rd December 2014

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