York's Community Stadium
12:01am 27th September 2011
City of York Council has today reached a significant milestone in its commitment to deliver a Community Stadium and a county standard athletics facility for the people of York, by 2014.
A planning application for a new Community Stadium at Monks Cross has been submitted to City of York Council planning committee, by local developers Oakgate (Monks Cross) Ltd, which meets the vision set by the Council, as one of its corporate priorities.
The Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding in December 2010 with its partners York City Football Club and the City of York Athletic Club for the delivery of a Community Stadium which would:
- Provide a centre of community activity which will include a wide range of facilities; creating a hub of community sport, play, learning and well-being.
- Provide a shared home for York City Knights and York City Football Club, to enable each Club to achieve their ambitions.
- Be designed to have a minimum capacity of 6,000 seats, with the potential to increase the capacity to 12,000.
- Will enable the provision of a county standard athletic track as part of the new sports village at the Heslington campus, in partnership with the City of York Athletics Club and the University of York.
- Help raise sporting aspirations in the city as excitement generated by London 2012 reaches its peak; creating a lasting Olympics legacy for York.
The Monks Cross site was chosen following a detailed site selection process by the council in July 2010.
Kersten England, chief executive of City of York Council said:
“This is a priority for the council and we are pleased that we have been able to deliver on this commitment and quickly progress preparations to enable York to gain a new stadium and county standard athletics facility, the benefits of which will be felt by the whole community for years to come. The scheme will now have to go through the due planning process, and will be considered by the Planning Committee in due course.”
Councillor Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion at the council, said:
“The council is committed to creating a community stadium for the city and we are delivering on this commitment. This is a once in a generation opportunity and will leave a long standing legacy of sporting, health and educational benefits for the people of York.”
Tim Atkins, Community Stadium Project manager said:
“Today’s announcement is a result of a great deal of work undertaken by the partners involved in this exciting project, which is now a major step closer to being a reality.”
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