Scunthorpe United stadium redevelopment to be given green light by council
Plans to redevelop Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park have moved a step closer to becoming reality
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 14 Mar 2019
Plans for redeveloping Scunthorpe United's Glanford Park into an 11,000-seater stadium are to be given the go-ahead.
North Lincolnshire Council has confirmed it is in the final stages of a process which is expected to see the green light given for the project, subject to a legal agreement being reached with the club.
The Iron had originally wanted to relocate to a new stadium as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes project which aims to create 6,000 homes and new community facilities on land between Scunthorpe and the River Trent.
But after various delays and complications regarding a location, the club were unable to build on the Lakes site and attention instead turned to redeveloping their current home.
Plans were formally submitted in August last year for the Glanford Park redevelopment and concerns have been expressed by United chairman Peter Swann in recent weeks over the length of time taken to determine whether the project could go ahead.
But council leader Rob Waltham said today: "The planning process has been followed and I am pleased that subject to a legal agreement, the stadium enhancement can take place.
An artist's impression of how a redeveloped Glanford park could look
"That legal agreement will now need to be signed by the council and the football club detailing the formal planning conditions.
"New investment is always welcome in North Lincolnshire, however in the interests of protecting taxpayers' money and avoiding future claims, the council always needs to process applications in accordance with the law."
The football club also submitted a second application to build 160 new starter homes on the Glanford Park site and the council has said this element of the scheme is yet to be determined.
Last week, Mr Swann challenged Mr Waltham to a public debate over the handling of the Lincolnshire Lakes project and the building of a stadium.
The challenge, made in a statement on the club's official website, followed a call by the United chairman for a public inquiry to be held over the issue.
In the statement, Mr Swann challenged the council leader to publicly explain the delays over the Lakes project and the application for the redevelopment of the stadium.
He said: "Timing is crucial to both us and to Mr Waltham, as he moves to be re-elected in May, an election which should not preclude him from answering those crucial questions which impact on the future of Scunthorpe as a town and the football club as an important part of that future.
"Do not dodge these questions Mr Leader.
Scunthorpe United chairman Peter Swann challenged North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham to a public debate over the Lincolnshire Lakes project and plans for a new stadium (Image: David Haber/scunthorpelive)
"We are at such a stage of frustration now, that our only course of action is to engage the Ministers for Housing and Planning at the highest level, in this matter, should our calls for action not be met."
A North Lincolnshire Council spokeswoman said permission for the stadium redevelopment to proceed would be subject to the completion of a section 106 planning agreement for community benefit.
She said: "Scunthorpe United Football Club's planning application to redevelop Glanford Park is in the final stages of the planning process.
"The final stage will include the determination of the application by delegated decision, this is subject to a Section 106 agreement being accepted and signed by the council and the football club.
"Section 106 agreements are designed to mitigate the impacts developments have on the surrounding area.
"The submitted plans would see the existing football stadium increase capacity to 11,000 and the planning application looks to develop an onsite café/bar, club shop and commercial space.
"The club's separate planning application to build 160 apartments on site will be considered in due course."
Scunthorpe United were contacted for comment.