AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has revealed that one of the key decision to leave Dean Court are restrictions on development due to the Five Parks Act.
Mostyn recently revealed that the Cherries have identified three potential sites for a new stadium, following the announcement in December from AFC Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake that the Cherries intend to leave Dean Court, the football clubs home for over a century.
Blake had previously touched on AFC Bournemouth’s failed discussions with both Structadene (Dean Court landlords) and Bournemouth Borough Council regarding a revamp of Dean Court (click here for previous article).
But Mostyn has now stated that with Dean Court neighbouring Kings Park, restrictions due to the Five Parks Act would not enable the football club to expand the stadiums footprint to scale that would appeal to the clubs owners.
Speaking to the Daily Echo Mostyn said…
‘This is the traditional home of AFC Bournemouth and as a consequence of that, you are always disappointed if at any stage during the club’s history, you have to move away. From that perspective, there is always regret.
‘In terms of the circumstances leading up to a decision, the landlords valued the stadium at a far greater sum than is realistic. Because we are now in the Premier League, they believe we should pay a premium for real estate and it’s just not right.
‘Second to that is because we are within the Five Parks Act, the council said to us they would not allow us to develop the footprint to the extent we wanted to…’
‘…Irrespective of the value of the stadium, if we bought it, we could still not develop it to the satisfaction of the board and our supporters and, hence, the decision was made to relocate.
Sorry Roger wrote…
One of the three possible sites must be Wessex Fields (between the RBH and Playgolf) because it is designated for office/employment use and the Council are desperate to get partnership funding for a new link road from there onto the Spur Road. There is already funding in place for some of it.
So I wonder where the other two sites are? – Join the conversation here.
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