Yeovil Town are claimed to be considering a move away from Huish Park. Reports yesterday on local radio station Breeze FM suggested the Glovers were lining up a ground move as a 'Plan B' if South Somerset District Council refused to approve their planning application for a Food Store to be built on land to the north of Huish Park, where currently two training pitches are situated. The radio station carried it during its 2.00p.m. news bulletin yesterday, but had dropped it from the hourly news by the evening.
The original proposals issued by the club are now two years and nine months old, whilst the formal planning application will pass through its two year anniversary next month, despite the original schedule being for the plans to be reviewed by the Council back in May 2012. Two delays, at the request of the club's planning advisors MWA, are believed to have been made due to the knowledge that the application would have been rejected as a result of it failing to fall in line with national and local planning laws.
The claims are also carried by this morning's Western Gazette and closely follow legal threats issued by retail developer Chris Dawson that he would take SSDC to court if they refused to approve the application. Now these latest claims suggest that if the plans are rejected that the Glovers will look to find an entirely new site to house their ground, although this would still leave them with the problem that finding a buyer for the Huish Park land would be problematic if planning permission to develop it is not possible.
As yet, the club have not commented on Dawson's threats from last weekend, and so these current reports may or may not have significant foundation. Even if they did, any such development would take years to fulfil, which would not resolve the Glovers current pressing problems with respect to the need for new training ground facilities, and the need to upgrade Huish Park to satisfy Championship ground regulations.
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