Bournemouth get green light for £10m training ground

The Cherries have formal permission to start work on the 57-acre site.

The Cherries have formal permission to start work on the 57-acre site.

BOURNEMOUTH have been given the green light for a new £10million training complex at the former Canford Magna Golf Club.

Secretary of State Sajid Javid has chosen not to call in the plans, which were unanimously approved by Borough of Poole's planning committee last month.

That means the Cherries now have formal permission to start work on the scheme on the 57-acre site.

The plans, which were submitted in August, include 10 full-sized pitches, three junior pitches, an indoor artificial playing surface, state-of-the-art medical, fitness, sports science and rehabilitation facilities, administrative space and a press conference theatre.

They will bring first team, development squad, Academy and pre-Academy training operations and facilities into one location.

Premier League chief Richard Scudamore had backed the plans with a letter to the Borough of Poole.

Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake said: "I’m delighted that the Secretary of State has not called in our planning application for the club’s proposed new training complex.

"This means we can start work on an exciting project; one which is crucial for the present and future of AFC Bournemouth. While it is important to provide Premier League facilities for Premier League players, we also want to give the region’s youngsters the best place to develop their talent, and we believe this complex will be the perfect place to do that."

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