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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 June 2007, 07:13 GMT 08:13 UK
Football stadium plans approved
Truro City at Wembley
The team won the FA Vase in May at the new Wembley stadium
Plans for a new multi-million pound football ground in Cornwall have received initial consent, despite opposition from local residents.

The 6m development for FA Vase winners Truro City Football Club includes five new pitches and a sports hall on the outskirts of the city at Kenwyn.

Councillors at Carrick District Council went against recommendations to refuse the application.

Opponents said the stadium plans were not suited to a residential location.

The proposals are now expected to go before a planning referrals committee.

The football club's aim is for the complex to be a "central sporting hub for the community".

The decision should not have been made on emotion, but on the facts
Tony Randall, Kenwyn resident

The plans include a floodlit, all-weather football pitch, two other full-size pitches, two junior pitches, four indoor five-a-side pitches and a clubhouse.

A gym, conference rooms and bar and restaurant would be available for the local community.

Dave Leonard, the club's football manager, said they were very pleased with the councillors' decision.

"It means we're one step closer and we're delighted," he said.

"But we've got to be mindful of the opinions of the Kenwyn residents and you have to respect their views.

"This is a real positive step forward for the club and for the youth and community of Truro."

'Inappropriate location'

But local resident Tony Randall described the decision as "emotional and disappointing".

He told BBC News that several factors, including light pollution and traffic flow, made Kenwyn an inappropriate location.

"Having looked at the recommendation made to the councillors, it was an application they couldn't support and we're surprised they went against it," he said.

"It's been a very successful year for the team and we're all very pleased about that, but this is the wrong location.

"The decision should not have been made on emotion, but on the facts."

The plans have also been opposed by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.




SEE ALSO
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