AFC Bournemouth could receive approval from Bournemouth planners in December to go ahead with the plans for a brand new south stand.
The Cherries announced the plans for an expansion of their Dean Court home in March 2016.
AFC Bournemouth’s plans included a permanent new south stand, with the corners filled in, attaching it to the existing east stand and main stand.
The south stand would include 4,559 seats, with the south-west and south-east corners incorporating 428 more seats each (click here for previous article).
The plans would give an increased capacity of around 3,000 extra seats following the removal of the current temporary south stand.
A public exhibition was held at the stadium, with the hopes that planning and build could be completed ahead of the start of this season.
Unfortunately this was not to be the case as AFC Bournemouth opted to delay the process as the club was in ongoing negotiations with Dean Court landlords Structadene to repurchase the ground.
In 2005, with the club in the midst of financial difficulty, the Cherries sold Dean Court to Structadene for around £3.5million in a sale and leaseback deal.
The Cherries pay in-excess of £300,000 a year in rent to the London based property company and Structadene have always appeared content with the return that they receive from the football club.
During further financial problems and the club going into administration in 2008, Structadene remained helpful to the club despite the club often not paying the full amount of rent on time.
Former AFC Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell attempted to purchase the ground back in 2011 for around £4.5million, but this bid proved unsuccessful.
Whilst a brief statement in May stated that ‘The club will ensure supporters are updated on any progress made on this matter. (click here for previous article), there has been no official update from AFC Bournemouth.
The Daily Echo however have now reported that…
‘a spokesman for the club said a deal had not been made to buy the stadium from landlords Structadene, but the application for the South Stand would still be moving forward.’
A spokesman from the council told the Daily Echo…
“The application may not come to planning board unless there is concern about the proposal – it is however likely that we will be seeking to determine in December. ”
This is my take:
The plans were shelved while the club explored buy-back, because they WERE talking.
The new stand could be built whether or not structadene agree, as the club own the land behind the goal. It doesn’t necessarily move out a move or staying where we are as a tenant or owner.
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