Yeovil Town are to put forward plans to develop new land to the west of the ground as part of their wider stadium development plans. The Glovers have shown South Somerset District Council initial plans for community land situated in Thorne Lane that will be developed to include football pitches, a cricket pitch, a pavilion building and general open space.
The goal is not necessarily to provide facilities for the club itself, but is to satisfy the club's need to replace the Public Open Space land that they wish to develop upon at Huish Park - one of the major reasons why their previous planning application, submitted in 2012, ultimately failed. In order to develop their facilities at the ground itself, the club needed to provide alternative land and facilities to satisfy national planning policy relating to public land, as well as Sport England's objections concerning the replacement of sports pitches.
Plans are for a full size football pitch that could be turned into two half-sized five-a-side pitches, with access to the site provided via Thorne Lane. The site is situated to the south of Thorne Lane, as it leads from the Western Avenue junction westbound out towards Thorne Coffin, and is geographically directly north of Lufton College. At present the club do not own the land, but the Western Gazette indicates that there are commercial terms in place to allow the land to be purchased, should planning permission be granted.
At present, the detail of the plans are not visible on the South Somerset District Council website, but are expected to be published soon. The club's planning consultant David Bell has indicated that the plans will be submitted separately to any Retail Park plans - which have now been put back by around a month to around the start of July. The separate planning submissions mean theoretically that the club could execute one ahead of the other, although it would seem likely that SSDC and Sport England would insist on the replacement of the Public Open Space land as part of any Retail Park development.
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