Yeovil Town Football Club has announced plans to develop a new 3,500 seater stand at its Huish Park stadium.
The npower League One side’s plans also include a retail development in ‘underutilized’ areas which the club claims will create more than 300 jobs as well as introducing a new source of revenue for the club.
"Yeovil Town FC is an important economic driver in the South West region and is embarking on this project to ensure that it has the resources and supporters facilities on site to continue to compete in the Football League," said chairman John Fry.
As part of the plans the club’s partners for the project, CDS, will renovate the land around the stadium with the club losing it current training pitches around the ground with the club already examining other options in Yeovil.
Fry added: "We have entered this joint venture to ensure that Yeovil Town FC remains at the heart of our town and county. By developing the area around Huish Park we have the opportunity to bring in much needed investment to the club and the area. Without this investment there is a high chance that we won't meet the Football League’s future demands for stadium improvements, which will mean that we may not be able to stay in the League."
The club is now awaiting approval from South Somerset District Council with Fry urging support from the local community. "If this proposal is given the go ahead by the Council we can deliver a great new leisure, sports and retail environment on site at Huish Park," Fry said.
Chris Dawson, managing director at CDS added: "At this point in time I can verify that we are proposing retail units on the land to the north of Huish Park, which, if the planning application is successful will deliver more than 300 new jobs for the town as well as some established retail brands."