Date: 14th December 2017 at 6:52pm
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AFC Bournemouth’s proposed new training complex has received approval by Borough of Poole, subject to Secretary of State referral.

In August, AFC Bournemouth submitted plans for a new training ground complex at Canford Magna.

The 57-acre Canford Magna Golf Club site could, if plans are approved, ten full-size pitches, three junior pitches, an indoor artificial playing surface, state-of-the-art medical, fitness, sports science and rehabilitation facilities, administrative space and a press conference theatre.

The complex would be used by AFC Bournemouth’s first team, development squad, academy and pre-academy training operations.

Councillors unanimously voted in favour of the development, which will now be referred to the Secretary of State.

AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told

“I am delighted that Borough of Poole has approved the club`s planning application, subject to Secretary of State referral,”

“A new training complex will be a huge step forward for the club and we have endeavoured to propose one which is befitting of a Premier League club, while also providing the perfect environment – both sporting and educational – to develop youngsters in the area.

“It was important that we designed a facility that is sympathetic to the green belt site it is located on and we believe this is something the whole region can be proud of.”

Your Say…

Sam AFCB wrote…

the council by law have to refer the plans to Secretary of state as the main build is 1000sqm and on green belt land. The S of S then has 21 days to do one of the four following options.
1. S of S can say they are happy and return it back to the council within the 21 days for them to make the decision.

2. S of S just lets the 21 days pass, it will then go back to the council to make the decision.

3.S of S can issue a holding direction which allows them more time to access the plans/ask any questions or for additional reports.

4. S of S Can call it in which means a public inquiry.

Personally from what I know and have asked people that submit plans regularly they think it will be options 1 or 2 with a very small chance of 3.So if say it ends up being option 2, and assuming the S of S receives everything on Monday the 8th January would be the earliest the council could grant permission, but depending on the council’s rules they might not be able to grant it until the next Planning Committee meeting which is on the 25th January.
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