Question 2. Please submit any sites for employment and housing you wish to suggest for allocation in the Local Plan. Provide as much information and supporting evidence as possible.
Football club and associated uses
Erection of club office and shop following demolition of old premises (15/0165/FUL) Approved 24th April 2015 Single Storey rear extensions to hospitality suites behind the main stand (14/0670/FUL) Approved 25th June 2014 Alterations and extensions to create a 10,000 capacity all seater Football stadium; proposals to include change of use of allotment land; demolition of existing north stand, south terrace and supporters club; relocation of playing surface; erection of new north and south stands; and additional car parking and landscaping (C/99/0492). Approved 19 June 2001
Previously developed land
The proposals to date have involved the proposed redevelopment of the existing Abbey Stadium and the surrounding land to include a completely new stadium, 368 dwellings in a series of apartment buildings, ranging in height from four to eight storeys, and offices on the ground floor of one of the blocks of c 2,133 sqm GIA. An alternative option to is relocate onto a new site and comprehensively develop the existing site with greater numbers of new housing
The long term security of the Football Club is secured in circumstances where redevelopment of the existing site secures a new stadium on site. Such proposals bring forward new housing and an opportunity to secure more jobs on the site An option to relocate the Football Club onto an alternative site should also secure its future whilst new delivering new facilities on that site, as well as bring bringing new jobs and more housing forward on the Newmarket Road site which therefore becomes available for development
The proposals to date have involved the proposed redevelopment of the existing Abbey Stadium and the surrounding land to include a completely new stadium, 368 dwellings in a series of apartment buildings, ranging in height from four to eight storeys, and offices on the ground floor of one of the blocks of c 2,133 sqm GIA. No details are provided in the event that the whole Newmarket Road site becomes available for development in the event that a relocation site can be secured although it must be assumed that it would be greater in numbers than the above paragraph
In assessing the future of the site in design and layout terms , the perception is that the Stadium needs to be moved from west to east to accommodate reasonable vehicular access to the western part of the site from Newmarket Road (currently too narrow) given that the existing vehicular access via Cutthroat Lane is considered to be inadequate. In addition there are concerns about height issues onto Newmarket Road, particularly on account of the Listed buildings opposite.
Utilities obviously serve the existing site and so it is envisaged that new development would necessarily tie into this development
The Football Club needs to ensure continuity of playing season so requires a relocation site, either short term or medium term having regards to options