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Scunthorpe to redevelop Glanford Park as new stadium plans scrapped

Peter Swann, chairman of Scunthorpe United, has said the English League One football club will redevelop its current Glanford Park home as plans to build a new stadium were dropped.

The club had been looking at moving to a new home for a number of years and initial plans for the proposed project had been drawn up.

However, speaking in an interview with Radio Humberside, Swann said the club had not been able to reach an agreement with the local council to move forward with the initiative. Swann added that he intends to take legal action against the council and developer KMG over the situation.

“It is not ideal because of the value of the land and we don’t feel we should do that,” Swann said. “But we have not been given another site.

“It can happen pretty quickly where we can develop the main stand and have better facilities. We own enough land to do the whole development, but it isn’t an ideal one.

“It was so disappointing we were taken down a path that almost led us to the promised land which is why we need answers.”

Swann also said the club is hoping to work with the NHS on the extension project at Glanford Park, with plans for the NHS to move in as a partner at the stadium.

“We will get drawings together and our planning in,” Swann said. “We will do it as quickly as we can but hopefully in the spring we will have bit more of an idea.

“It is an extension of what we have and we are confident what we can do on there.”

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