Dorking Meadowbank stadium plans, resubmitted at the end of March, include several changes from the original stadium design, including reducing the overall size of the building and removing the green roof. The plans have received mixed reviews from residents, according to Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser.
The look of the new building and the way that it fits into the surrounding landscape and architecture have received heavy criticism on the Meadowbank Makeover Facebook group. Jacqui Hamlin said:
I like the football ground; it’s the look of the building I’m struggling with, especially in such a beautiful space. If this small branch of B&Q was proposed to be built on Cotmandene I’m sure there would be outrage. Meadowbank is adjacent to fine Victorian buildings in a conservation area, the Victorians prided themselves on fine public buildings built to inspire and built to last beyond their own lifetimes.
Planning permission was originally granted for the Meadowbank redevelopment, which will provide a home for the town’s two football clubs and Surrey FA, in 2015 but was delayed whilst new proposals were drawn up to match available budget. Due for summer 2017, the development will include a 3G artificial football pitch, football facilities, including changing rooms and a stand, Surrey FA Offices, a café, toilets, soft play facilities and onsite parking.
Richard Burrows, the council’s corporate head of service said:
The reason for the revised plans is so that [the council] can deliver value for money in bringing this development forward, whilst also meeting the needs of residents and visitors. The landscaping plan has been revised and a number of trees that were originally approved for removal will now remain on site.
Haringey grants planning application for Spurs’ stadium
Tottenham Hotspur FC has confirmed that the Secretary of State has written to the London Borough of Haringey stating that he does not propose to call in the planning application for the Northumberland Development Project and Haringey Council has (15 April 2016) granted permission for the scheme.
Main Stand consultation in Edinburgh
Hearts have confirmed the statement made following the submission of a Pre Application Notice to the City of Edinburgh Council and has entered into a public consultation process about the new Main Stand Development.