Grimsby Town’s stadium plans have cleared another hurdle after developer Extreme Leisure was given the green light to apply for planning permission.
The English League Two football club confirmed in a statement yesterday (Tuesday) evening that members of North East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration, environment and housing scrutiny panel have dismissed a call-in on the Cabinet’s initial decision to give Extreme Leisure a five-year option to buy council-owned land off of the Peaks Parkway site.
The council had approved the decision last month, but the plans were called in for further scrutiny during a meeting on Monday. The club will now work on putting a formal agreement in place that will allow Extreme to press ahead with development work.
“We’ve now got to get a legal agreement between the council, the club and Extreme,” Grimsby director John Fenty said. “That will probably take two to three months. In the meantime, there will be some work going on – that’s never stopped.
“It will now be to bring the parties together with the knowledge that we’ve now got a preferred location, which is Peaks Parkway, we’ve also got approval from cabinet.”
Grimsby’s proposed Community Stadium development features a 14,000-seat stadium, a new ice rink, additional sports and leisure facilities, as well as retail, and food and beverage offerings.
The project is set to cost more than £250m (€288m/$311m), with the club and its development partners stating that around 600 full-time jobs will be created as a result.
Grimsby has played at Blundell Park, which has a capacity of 9,000, since 1899.