English League One football club Southend United has submitted a detailed planning application for a new 22,000-capacity stadium to the Southend Borough Council.

The new ground would be built at Fossetts Farm to replace the club’s current 12,392-seat Roots Hall stadium.

Roots Hall is surrounded by housing, which has made expansion an unviable option for Southend. The club has been seeking a new stadium for a number of years.

The BBC reported that the new complex would also include flats and a hotel.

The club said in a statement: “This submission represents a major step in the future of Southend United Football Club and we now look forward to learning the decision of the council in the coming months.

“Should the council approve the submitted plans it would be the club’s intention to commence construction without delay. The club will of course keep supporters fully advised of progress through regular bulletins.”

Detailed plans of the proposal have not yet been released.

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