Yesterday (1 July) Bournemouth Council’s Planning Board granted planning permission for all three applications submitted by AFC Bournemouth.
At the special meeting the board discussed the proposals put forward by the football club and were unanimous in their agreement to support the plans.
The football club will now be able to build a new first-team training pavilion, create an additional training pitch, erect temporary screening or fencing around the training pitches for one year and install a broadcasting compound, TV studio and boiler room for under-pitch heating.
Cllr David Kelsey, chairman of the planning board said, “In reaching this decision to grant all three applications the board had to consider a number of elements of planning policy and other relevant factors. It is important that we balanced support for the club with a duty to preserve access to public land. We feel that the conditions we have made in granting approval ensure that this is the case.”
The conditions implemented by the board include installing bird boxes to compensate for the loss of natural habitats, allowing occasional weekend use of the training pavilion, and improving the appearance of the privacy screening around the training pitches
Leader of the Council, Cllr John Beesley added, “I am pleased that the Council has been able to support the club in their plans for their first season in the Premier League. These are exciting times for the club and the whole area as we look forward to welcoming visitors from some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs to our town next season.”