Truro City has reached the end of what has been a long and arduous road to securing the club’s new stadium at Silver Bow.
With the release by Cornwall Council of the signed Section 106 agreement, everything is in place for the club to take up residence in the new quality facility at the start of the 2017-18 season. It is now over to the developer to deliver in accordance with the planning obligations.
For those not familiar with planning terminology, a Section 106 is a legally binding document that ties developers to the delivery of a strictly specified project in a clearly defined timescale.
Basically, it lays down what a developer has to do in return for receiving approval to build on a piece of land. In this case, it tells the freeholder (JIL) and the company developing the retail park on Truro City’s current Treyew Road home (Helical Retail) what they must build for the club at Silver Bow.
The legally binding agreement can be viewed on the Cornwall Council website, but the most important features relating to Truro City are as follows:
The developer will build a stadium ‘as a minimum in accordance with the National Ground Grading Category A’.
Capacity will be 4,000 spectators with potential to increase to 5,000 in the future, which will be suitable for games up to the highest level of non-league football. It will include a 3G playing surface, stands, clubhouse with conference facilities and car park.
The developer is required to hand over the stadium to Truro City Football Club ‘on or before 26th July 2017’ and to make it available for use as a football ground for the 2017-18 Football Season.’
The development of Silver Bow will be monitored throughout the process by the County Council to ensure that the conditions are being fully adhered to.
“The signed s106 reinforces our legal agreement with JIL and Helical. Unlike the S4C project, Silver Bow Stadium is not reliant on retailer interest to bankroll the scheme before construction can commence.
So we were able to incorporate a handover date of 26th July 2017 for Silver Bow, giving certainty for both the football club and the retailers who wish to let the new units at Treyew Road” – Peter Masters – Chairman TCFC
“Work will start on Silver Bow in October in readiness for the 2017/18 season and work on Truro City Shopping Park will start in May 2017, at the conclusion of the football season” –Philip King – Helical Retail
“This puts us firmly in a position to offer certainty to the retail market with a viable proposition, as opposed to the more optimistic proposals put forward by competing schemes, that we do not believe can be afforded or delivered” – Jonathan Cox, Managing Director of Helical Retail
So the clock is now ticking towards the delivery of Silver Bow, and with the huge added bonus of Truro City being able to play football at Treyew Road next season, they can prepare with confidence for their move to the new football facility that will be the best in Cornwall.
With matters off the pitch now settled, attention turns back to the final days of the regular football season and Truro City’s quest to reach the National League South play offs.