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Worcester City unveil ground plan

Nunnery Way Stadium
A computer-generated image of City's proposed new stadium at Nunnery Way

Worcester City have published their proposals for a new ground at Nunnery Way as they prepare to submit a planning application.

City chairman Dave Boddy remains confident that moving from St George's Lane will ease their money woes.

"The plan is still to move debt free," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester. "But we've had to cut our cloth accordingly.

"We had originally hoped to be able to build the whole stadium from day one, but we have now had to phase it."

The new stadium is to be built in three phases, with the bulk of the work being planned for the first phase, enabling the club to move in for the 2010/11 season.

This would include a 2000-seater main stand with conferencing and banqueting facilities for 350 people.

Boddy accepts that both Worcester Warriors and Worcestershire CCC already have such conferencing facilities, but he insists there is enough demand for all of them.

"Up until very recently the city was sadly lacking those facilities and we will probably be looking at different markets," he said.

"With us being a mile between each of the motorway junctions there is a lot of business coming in from outside of the city which the rugby club already benefits from.

"We believe that there is plenty of room for our development to run alongside the other facilities."

There would also be a covered terrace for 1,200 fans which would ensure the ground meets the criteria laid down for clubs to enter the Blue Square Premier.

Phases two and three would then be built at a later date, while there is scope for the ground to be expanded to a 10,000 capacity stadium.

By the time we move to the stadium the markets will hopefully have picked up and the lease values will have improved

City chairman Dave Boddy

City's plan is that they should be in their new stadium for the 2010/11 season but they accept much will depend on how their proposals are viewed by the planning committee.

An initial submission that included a DIY superstore was rejected and so this latest proposal includes plans for offices, a hotel and a car showroom.

While he remains adamant that the sale of St George's Lane will enable them to move debt-free, Boddy accepts that the credit crunch will have an impact on any income the club might gain from the enabling development.

"The thing that obviously will affect us is the lease values that we get," he said. "That is the problem that we have at the moment.

"The lease values are considerably down on what they would have been 12 months ago.

"By the time we move to the stadium the markets will hopefully have picked up and the lease values will have improved."

The club now proposed to submit a planning application in time for the November committee meeting. They estimate it could take six months for planning to be approved.

see also
Worcester City 3-2 AFC Wimbledon
05 Oct 08 |  Non League
Boddy says City move is still on
23 Feb 06 |  Non League

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