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Yeovil Town implore district council support of supermarket plan to protect 'jewel in Somerset's crown'

By WGSweet  |  Posted: February 25, 2014

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YEOVIL Town have again implored South Somerset District Council to support "one of the jewels in the county's crown" and back supermarket plans they believe could be determined in April.

The Glovers –in conjunction with Chris Dawson of CDS International – want to build the retail unit on training pitches at Huish Park that the club argue are no longer fit for purpose.

The club say potential revenue from the store will in turn fund plans to redevelop the Copse Road End terrace into an all-seater stand boasting other supporter facilities such as restaurants and bars.

However, the application is yet to be discussed at planning committee level despite being submitted more than two years ago.

Concerns have been raised about additional traffic in the area of Yeovil, the loss of public open space and the impact of an additional supermarket on the town centre.

Just weeks ago SSDC rebuffed claims from the Glovers that the plans would be discussed at March's Area South meeting.

However, the club have announced that they believe Wednesday, April 2 to be a prospective date for their application to be discussed while providing additional information in a revised supporting document.

The Glovers suggest that snubbing the plans could result in the Sky Bet Championship club eventually being relegated from the Football League and have also vowed to provide £1M for new pitches in the Yeovil area.

In a statement today, chairman John Fry said: "There is always a huge amount of detail about a project such as this one and the club and our development partners CDS felt it was imperative that councillors are fully-briefed on the project and the full impact on the local area.

"Our community football club has for many years brought substantial national and now international recognition and success to the area, culminating in our involvement in the top division of the Football League and FA Women's Super League.

"The county has grown to be a major force in the country and along with EDF's new power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset County Cricket Club, Glastonbury Festival, Millfield School and AgustaWestland, Yeovil Town Football Club are without doubt one of the jewels in the county's crown.

"We are not asking for money from the council, just the total support from the district council to enable the club to maintain and improve its future in the county."

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