Southam masterplan moves forward

By Kevin Unitt Wednesday 16 January 2013 Updated: 16/01 09:08

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How a new Southam United Football Club may look. (s)

THE £2 million masterplan to overhaul Southam United Football Club is set to be submitted for planning permission in the spring.

The proposed Southam United Sports and Community Hub would include a new 2,000 capacity ground for the non-league outfit plus modern new facilities for Southam United bowls club and a number of community football pitches for junior and five-a-side games.

To fund the new facilities it is proposed part of the 20-acre site off Banbury Road be sold for up to 200 new homes, permission for which is also still required.

The architects for the scheme are the Frank Whittle Partnership, which has also designed new stadiums for Preston North End, and blueprints for similar schemes at Carlisle, Peterborough and Swindon.

David Robinson, managing partner for the firm, said: “The hub will be designed with the community in mind and our aim is to deliver to this part of Warwickshire something that will be the envy of other local communities.”

The aim is to apply for planning permission in the coming months and subject to approval work could be completed by summer 2014.

Southam United chairman, Charles Hill, said the scheme would be a "fantastic" development not just for the football club but for the whole town.

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