North Lincolnshire Council has today (Thursday 10 March) signed-off the planning application to build a new £25m Scunthorpe United Football Stadium. This is a major milestone and means work could start as early as May 2016 and could be ready for the start of the 2017/18 season.
The new stadium is expected to create between 500 and 700 jobs in construction and future use. It will be built on the outskirts of Scunthorpe as part of the £1.2bn ambitious Lincolnshire Lakes development that will also see a new business park, Sports Lake and more than 6,000 new homes built – effectively creating five new villages.
The club will move from its present location at Glanford Park in Scunthorpe to a 60-acre site on the west side of the M181, close to the main rail line.
The iconic building will cater for 12,000 fans in an all seating arena.
The new football stadium will have club and executive facilities, a gym, office space and areas for commercial development, plus club venue and supporters bar.
In the longer term, it is hoped to provide a new railway station to support the stadium and wider Lakes development.
The new state-of-the-art football stadium will enable the Club to host international events and tournaments.
The stadium will be at the centre of a new leisure hub for the Lincolnshire Lakes that includes the creation of recreational lakes that will provide a range of water-based and other sporting and leisure activities. Leisure developments could include new artificial beaches, windsurfing, sailing, boating, outdoor swimming plus cycling and triathlon facilities.
The council has reached agreement in principle with Highways England to construct a new junction from the M181 into the stadium.
Peter Swann, Scunthorpe United Chairman, said: “I am delighted to be at this stage and the continued work and help by the council, in getting to this point, has been invaluable. We are at the beginning of a hugely exciting period for Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire, one which will help to define the area and provide some of the finest football and sports facilities in the country. For us the work begins in earnest and we, here at Scunthorpe United, are very proud to be involved in such an important and defining project, which will regenerate our area.”
Cllr Liz Redfern, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “The new football stadium will act as a catalyst for the whole of the Lincolnshire Lakes project and will set the scene for further development at this site.
“We have been working closely with Scunthorpe United and everyone involved to progress these exciting plans. Today signifies a major milestone and means we can now move forward with plans to build this fantastic venue for football fans.”