English Championship football club Peterborough United has submitted planning documents for a new stadium to the local council despite opposition from some locals over the development’s proposed riverside location.
The plans include details of a 19,000-capacity stadium, situated in the Embankment area of the city, with the possibility of expanding the facility to 24,000 in the future. A multi-use venue has been envisaged by the club’s owners, with the venue set up to host a variety of events.
Last year, consultancy WSP was appointed to lead a feasibility study for the masterplan of the Embankment area, with the proposed transformation of the 90-acre city-centre site also including a new campus for Anglia Ruskin University.
The proposals have attracted criticism from prominent local politicians, including the opposition Labour Party in the city council, and a ‘Save Peterborough Embankment’ campaign group has mobilised.
However, the club believes that it has mitigated the feared impact on the environment via an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Screening Request.
The stadium would be 23.5 metres high and cover 20,500 square metres, with the spot, north of existing athletics tracks, having been selected to “ensure that as much public open space is retained, and that the venue’s structure is set against the backdrop of made ground that supports the elevated section of the parkway further limiting space take,” according to the club.
The EIA also outlined plans for an “enhanced public landscape” with a new pathway stretching for 256 metres.
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