The local authority has agreed to the buy land near Leamington Spa town centre for the development of a new 5,000-capacity football stadium. Leamington FC, nicknamed the Brakes, currently play in the Southern League Premier Division.
Councillors also gave the go-ahead for Warwick District Council to acquire Leamington’s current Harbury Lane ground which has been identified as a possible location for a Gypsy and Traveller site.
District council leader Andrew Mobbs said: “These exciting and ambitious plans, will not only help to secure the future of our local football club, but have the potential to bring a new focal point for the community with huge benefits for the health, fitness and well-being of our residents.”
Leamington FC’s chairman, Jim Scott said: “Leamington FC very much welcomes this key step forward. A new stadium with improved access and facilities will help us fulfil our aspirations to move into higher leagues.
“It will also allow us to develop and expand our presence in the community through our programme of football related activities. This will give more people the opportunity to get involved, be it as a player, spectator or user of the facilities.”