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Planning for TAL approved by council

Submitted by on November 25, 2010 – 3:00 pmOne Comment

From the BBC:

Manchester United’s breakaway club – FC United – has had plans for a new 5,000 capacity stadium passed.

Their new home will be built in Acres Lane in Newton Heath, only streets away from Manchester United’s first home.

The club has already raised nearly £700,000 from a community shares scheme it launched six weeks ago. It needs £3.5m to build the stadium.

Manchester City Council confirmed the planning committee had given the proposals the green light.

A sports development, which is based on the site, will be revamped and turned into the £3.5m community complex.

Lindsey Robertson, the club’s secretary, said: “It’s just a fantastic achievement, we are in our sixth season and we have come so far already.
‘Heart of the game’

“We will have our own home for our supporters, and one which will involve the whole community on a daily basis.”

FC United was established in 2005 and is one of the first clubs to introduce the community shares scheme – a way of keeping fans fully involved in its future.

Andy Walsh, general manager said: “At a time when many clubs are in debt or in the hands of major investors, we aim to demonstrate that there is a real alternative.

“We want to change the way football is run and financed by putting supporters at the heart of the game.”

The team are scheduled to play Brighton in the second round of the FA Cup – the furthest they have got in the competition to date.

From the club:

FC United is pleased to announce that following a meeting today of Manchester City Council’s planning committee, its application to develop a 5,000 capacity ground and community sports complex at Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath has been given approval.

General manager Andy Walsh said: “This is fantastic news and testament to the hard work and support we have received from New East Manchester and Manchester City Council, in particular the help and guidance from the planning department.

“None of this would have been possible without the dedication and committment of our supporters and their desire to see supporter ownership at all clubs.”

Well done to all those involved, in front of and behind the cameras, and thanks for all the hard work.

Now get those community shares forms filled in…

www.fc-utd.co.uk/communityshares

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