Plans to rebuild Abbey Stadium set for approval

By Ben Fitzgerald - 9 January 2020


Swindon’s planning committee are expected to give the green light for plans to revamp Abbey Stadium in Blunsdon.

At Tuesday’s meeting, committee members will address reserved matters - elements of an earlier outline planning application approved in November 2018 to demolish the existing stadium and create an entirely new stadium, racing building, training kennels, new stands, acoustic barrier, car parking and minor access works.

A recommendation to approve the scheme is subject to Gaming International abiding with ‘Section 106’ obligations to mitigate the impact of the development and ensure completion of the development and other associated infrastructure including the necessary drainage, open spaces and play areas.

In addition, the approval would be given on the condition that Gaming International agree to an extension to allow council planning officers to agree contributions to public funds.

The proposed new development will see a replacement stadium building built on the opposite side of the race track and speedway and greyhound tracks reconstructed within the current stadium site. The proposals include new racing facilities and kennels located on the ground floor of the new stadium building. The stadium design includes a viewing platform, new stands, speedway pits and kennel building and maintenance compound.

Vehicle access is from Lady Lane, to the north of the development. An acoustic barrier will be put in place to reduce noise levels for those living nearby.

The meeting will take place at the council chambers on January 14th at 6pm.

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