|WDC PRESS RELEASE
(Friday 7th January 2011)
Wycombe District Council released a press release on Friday 7th January 2011
relating to the proposals to build a new 'Community Stadium' for the use of Wycombe Wanderers and
London Wasps. As expected, the statement says a report will recommend to the Council Cabinet at
a meeting on 17th January 2001 that Booker Air Booker is the preferred site.
COTN reproduces the press release in full below.
Wycombe District Council will be considering the
next stage for a new Community Stadium at Wycombe
Air Park, following the results of a Public Consultation.
Today (7 January 2011). A report, which will be made
available to the public on the council's website, will
recommend to the Cabinet, who are meeting on 17
January, that plans for a new Community Stadium at
the Air Park site, should proceed to the next stage. The
Cabinet meeting will then resolve to the next stage
whether the new Community Stadium Project should
The Cabinet report recommends that, following an
extensive public consultation, Wycombe Air Park is the
site with the "best potential" for the development. It
also recommends that it should include community
sports facilities alongside the new Stadium, potentially
a "Sports Village". This also follows the results of the
consultation which showed that the public responses
favoured this option.
The recommendation has been reached following
considerable technical analysis by the Council's
Planning Team and a careful analysis of neary 8,400
written responses to the public consultation. The
responses indicated strong support for a "Sports
Village", featUring a new Community Stadium and
extensive sporting facilities at Wycombe Air Park.
The report is also informed by independently
convened focus groups, across the District, which also
pointed to a new Community Stadium with a Sports
Village at Booker.
The Cabinet report only looks at planning issues,
examining the basic merits of the project and which
potential sites offered the best potential. No decision to
proceed with the project beyond the planning stage has
yet been taken and the issue of Wycombe District
Council's potential involvement as a partner in any
Stadium proiect will be considered quite separately.
The report recognises the public consultation
identified concerns around the project. However, It
recommends that the new Community Stadium project
is worth proceeding to the next stage because of the
potentially wide and long term economic and social
benefits which a Stadium and Sports Village could offer
"Throughout the consultation process, the Council
maintained a neutral stance on this project. We asked
local people for their views on options end if they
wanted a Community Stadium and Sports Village," said
Councillor Lesley Clarke, Leader of Wycombe District
"The consultation showed that the majority of
people Who took part thought that a new Sports Village
and Community Stadium Project should be located at
Wycombe Air park at Booker, a location which could
allow for a project comparable to any other facility In
the region. The report identifies that the new Community
Stadium Project is about much more that just a new
stadium for Wycombe Wanderers and Wasps. The 'big
picture" which has been revealed shows that the
project could give the local economy a significant
boost, raise the profile of the district and encourage
wider participation in sports," said Lesley Clarke.
Leader of Wycombe District Council.
She added, "We are taking seriously issues
raised about infrastructure and the environment and
they will be looked at very carefully at every stage of the
planning process. The Cabinet report summaries the many concerns
which some people have about the project, including
those who may be impacted upon if the project went
ahead at Wycombe Air Park. In recognition of this, the report points out that work
remains to be done around Issues about local
transport, the environment, the Green Belt and with
users at the Air Park. It also highlights that there should
be more public consultation prior to any planning
What happens now?
Plans to proceed with the new Stadium Project will
be discussed by Wycombe District Council on Monday
17 January. This would pave the way to begin
preparations for a planning application for the
development at Booker and kick-start the proiect.
If a developer decides to proceed with the project,
they will be expected to carry out a consultation of their
own, canvassing local opinion before they submit an
official planning application.
"The main reason why the Council has decided to
respond to the results of a public consultation is that
this is an issue of importance to the District as a whole
and the council wants to see this project expedited and
the public kept informed in a timely manner," said
Councillor Tony Green, Deputy Leader of Wycombe
A Cabinet Meeting of Wycombe District Council is
due to take place on Monday 17 January at the Council
Offices in Wycombe.
See the Wycombe District Council website to download the full 146 page report and other related documents.
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