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FOOTBALL CLUBS VIEW PLANNING SYSTEM AS OBSTACLE

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Problems finding sites, inadequate understanding of the planning system and lack of funds have put an end to the fl...
Problems finding sites, inadequate understanding of the planning system and lack of funds have put an end to the flood of proposals from football clubs actively seeking to move to new grounds, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute.

A survey, commissioned by the institute and based on questionnaires completed by 78 local authority planning departments and 81 football clubs, found that in the past four years, interest in relocation has tailed off.

Survey compiler Glyn Wootton said:

'Few football clubs understand the planning system, its purpose and objectives and see it as an unreasonable obstacle to their plans.

'In contrast, many planning authorities have invested considerable time in an effort to help their local clubs realise their ambitions, while recognising the planning implications of the green belt or traffic regeneration.'
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