Cambridge United has unveiled new designs for a proposed 12,000-capacity stadium as its relocation plans gather momentum.
The English League Two football club has developed the proposals with property consultancy Stace and architects KSS for a site that has been identified on greenbelt land on the outskirts of the city.
The club said plans are still at a very early stage, with matters such as planning permission and finance still in their infancy. It said it hopes to pique the interest of investors by unveiling the visuals and vision for a multi-use, sustainable stadium that can also be used for concerts, conferences and community activities.
The club said in a statement: “The scheme has a number of factors in its favour and primarily fits within wider plans to improve transport across the city of Cambridge, including the introduction of a new metro system that would see both the stadium and a re-located Park and Ride station as a key destination for a Cambridge east line.”
The stadium would be located near to junction 35 on the A14 on land due to become available because of the planned renovation of Cambridge Airport.
Cambridge has been assessing its future home stadium for some years. It has played at the 8,000-capacity Abbey Stadium since 1932.
Planning application for a Sporting Village based in Trumpington Meadows was withdrawn in 2017. Plans to redevelop Abbey Stadium were scrapped in early 2019 due to affordable housing requirements, with a funding gap identified by the project group and Greater Cambridge Partnership.
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