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Lidl Development Update

24 November 2016

Club statement on planning meeting decision

Shropshire Council’s planning meeting has taken place and the plans for the Lidl development have passed.

The case to transfer the s106 agreement onto the pitch behind the Greenhous Meadow South Stand for a new community pitch has been deferred.

Shrewsbury Town CEO Brian Caldwell was an observer at the planning meeting and had this to say afterwards.

“STFC are very disappointed that the elected councillors on the planning committee chose to defer the variation to S106, which was to move the community pitch from the proposed area for Lidl to the existing training pitch at the stadium. This therefore delays the Lidl development even further as this was also required to allow Lidl to get permission to move ahead.

“It was disappointing that some of the councillors did not seem to grasp the facts and were unaware of the existing investment in community activities of the football club through the charity Shrewsbury Town in the Community.

“The change would have been to the benefit of the local people and the opportunity to substantially increase their work further with the availability of the training pitch behind the South Stand despite the case being made quite clear by planning officers.

“We as a club cannot understand why Shropshire Council would seek to delay not just the Lidl development but the expansion of the clubs activities within our local community through Shrewsbury Town in the Community. “

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