MP backs Stevenage FC stadium move bid

PUBLISHED: 16:48 12 October 2012

Stevenage FC by Keith Dobney

Stevenage FC by Keith Dobney

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PLANS to build a new stadium for Stevenage FC in the grounds of Knebworth House have been backed by an MP who labelled it "good for the area".

Stephen McPartland said he thought people living in Knebworth would be unaffected by the project, but said the cash-strapped Knebworth House would benefit.

Last week this newspaper revealed that talks had opened between the club and the site owners about a new football and music stadium.

And North Herts District Council has confirmed it has had an “initial approach” about the possible move.

Mr McPartland told the WHT: “I think it is great if we can get a new stadium, they are doing a great job on the pitch we are currently second in the league and in prime position for going up to the Championship.

“We definitely need a bigger stadium so more fans can come and enjoy the football. I think it will be good for the area.

“Realistically where the stadium suggested it will be on Stevenage land it would be north of the Novotel and opposite the Gunnels Wood Estate.

“It would not affect Knebworth but it would be great for Knebworth House.”

The League One side are in talks with Knebworth Park and House over a new stadium which could also host major music events.

The WHT spoke to the chairman of the club, Phil Wallace, who would not reveal any details as he said it was “early days”.

He could not say how many seats there would be and said: “It is at the discussion stage between the parties involved.”

North Herts District Council has confirmed it had been approached by the club and it is thought music promoters have also been sounded out.

Ian Fullstone, the authority’s head of development and building control said: “The council has had an initial approach by a representative of Knebworth Park and House to discuss the principles of development of the site.”

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