On Thursday, AFC Bournemouth are all set to make one big step forward towards being given final approval for a state of the art training ground complex.
During the first week of July, AFL Architects and AFC Bournemouth released images of their newly revised training ground complex planning proposals at Canford Magna.
The new facilities will include nine full-size pitches, three junior pitches, three goalkeeping pitches, an indoor artificial playing surface and an outdoor artificial playing surface, as well as state-of-the-art medical, fitness, sports science and rehabilitation facilities, administrative space and a press conference theatre.
Members of the planning committee at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council are set to consider the proposals on Thursday.
However the good news is that Planning officer James Gilfillan has recommended it for approval.
“The scheme has significant social, economic and environmental benefits across a much wider area and the benefits of a high profile and successful football team at the highest level of English football to the conurbation are significant,” his report reads as quoted by the Daily Echo.
There have been notable objections from Bearwood and Merley councillor Richard Burton and the Wimborne Civic Society.
If the plans are given the green light by BCP Council the next stage will be considerations by local government secretary Robert Jenrick.
I guess the local residents objecting are probably hoping they can object every development away and nothing ends up there. That’s not going to happen in the real world.
About the only objection that would have made sense would be concern for local pedestrians if a certain furnituresque member of the coaching staff was practising long range shots. – Join the conversation, click here.