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New football stadium for Leamington

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nLeamington1705Plans for a new community stadium for Leamington Football Club have been approved by Warwick District Council.

The local authority has agreed to buy the 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.

The council will now undertake a detailed study of the options for the new sports and community hub for the area, which could also include a new primary school, community hall and medical centre.

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.”

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