New stadium plans for Gainsborough Trinity reveal multiple-sport and retail complex
The new home of Gainsborough Trinity FC will be the best sporting venue in the town, according to its planners.
The 4,000-capacity community stadium will operate as a multiple-sport and retail complex for seven days a week.
The 9.4-acre development will include a synthetic pitch training facility next to the ground, and a separate five-a-side pitch with changing rooms and floodlights.
Rugby, hockey, basketball and netball teams will all be able to use the complex.
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Situated at The Little Belt, north of the town centre, the completed scheme will have a club shop, office space, physiotherapy centre, creche and space for another retail unit.
There will be 272 parking spaces – something that is lacking at Trinity's current ground, The Northolme.
Gainsborough Trinity chairman Peter Swann has submitted planning application to West Lindsey District Council.
It is hoped the Blues will kick off the 2013-14 season in their new home.
Andy Booth, of planning consultants Global Limited, told the Echo: "This will surely be the best sports facility in Gainsborough.
"It will be as state-of-the-art as it can be."
"It is extremely exciting for the local community because it offers so much to so many people.
"Schools will be using the facilities as well as other general sportsmen and women. It is a substantial and significant project.
"We are confident everything will get the go-ahead."
The Blue Square Bet North club thought its plans were scuppered when it discovered a covenant on the former Castle Hills School site – which said only rugby could be played there.
Gainsborough Rugby Club used to play on the site before moving to Queen Elizabeth's High School.
But that obstacle appears to have been resolved after Mr Swann offered the rugby club the chance to use the new community stadium as its training base.
Mark Sturgess, director of regeneration and planning at West Lindsey District Council, said: "The council has received a planning application to relocate Gainsborough Trinity Football Club to a new site within the town.
"The application is currently being checked to ensure it contains all the necessary information.
"The council fully supports Gainsborough Trinity's desire to improve its facilities for the benefit of the town as a whole.
"However, it also needs to ensure that in such a large and significant project, all the details will work as planned.
"The council will be working with the club to ensure this happens."