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Barnet FC set to meet council chief over Saracens stadium plans

Barnet Football Club chairman Tony Kleanthous is set to meet the leader of Barnet Council to discuss plans for a new stadium at Copthall after it was revealed Saracens have put forward proposals for the site.

Councillor Lynne Hillan, leader of Barnet Council, has told the Npower League Two side that she has only had one meeting with the rugby club during which plans for a new £10m stadium were discussed.

"I'd like to stress that no deal has been done and that, as the local planning authority, the council would consider any application entirely on its merits," Hillan said.

Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous said that he was ‘extremely disappointed but not surprised to hear of the rugby clubs plans’ when Saracens plans were originally revealed at the end of October. 

A statement on the club’s site said they were ‘relaxed’ regarding Saracen’s announcement.

A spokesperson added: "We have to accept what the leader has told us - that she has had one meeting with a representative of Saracens and fully supports Barnet's wish for a new site for a stadium, with Copthall the preferred option.” 

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