23 August 2007 16:15:46
The application for the sports facilities at Pencoose has been submitted and, thanks to the Club Members for their invaluable support, it has passed through a special Public Meeting and the Planning (Development Control) Committee meeting (26th & 27th June) with a recommendation for approval. However, it now has to be decided upon by the Planning Referrals Committee and then by the Government Office of the South West (GOSW).
The Planning Referrals Committee is one drawn from our local Councillors. They will decide on our application in this case as it is a departure from the Local Plan.
The GOSW will only have a close look at it if they think that the facility is of Regional Importance – they have 21 days within which to decide that.
It is of vital importance that everyone from the club turns up to the Planning Referrals meeting on the 13th September at 7pm in the Council Chamber, Pydar Street. The effect of the march to the first Development Control meeting was to really underline to that committee how important these new facilities are to a substantial portion of one of their local communities. It had a huge impact. This importance needs to be restated to the Planning Referrals Committee.
18 May 2007 12:18:33
HEANEY UNVEILS £6m NEXT STEP IN CITY SOCCER REVOLUTION
Truro entrepreneur Kevin Heaney has launched the next phase of his soccer “revolution” for the city with plans unveiled for a £6 million multi-facility development on a 25-acre site at Pencoose Farm, Kenwyn.
The plans, which will be on display in Truro’s County Library from next Monday (March 12), involve the entire relocation of his Truro City Football Club from its present Treyew Road base.
The new scheme features a full-size all-weather football pitch, two other full-size pitches, two junior pitches, four indoor five-a-side pitches and a clubhouse, plus access, car parking and landscaping.
Underlining the scheme’s aims of also embracing a wider appeal to the community at large, it also includes proposals for a bar/restaurant, conference rooms and gymnasium.
Mr Heaney said that bringing all elements of the club together at the one location would address the “chronic lack of playing facilities, with large portions of the club kept away from the clubhouse in a practical sense.
“We currently have 20 teams and nearly 500 people affiliated with the club - and just one pitch. By bringing everyone together under one roof we will achieve a multitude of aims.”
Mr Heaney reiterated his wish to take a Cornish football team into the higher professional realms of the game – “with 10 to 15,000 people turning up to support us” – but he also fervently wanted to put in place the sort of playing facilities and management structures that would enable Truro City Football Club to sustain itself financially for the foreseeable future.
In the wider community context, he commented: “It is widely acknowledged that Truro, and Cornwall in general, has a serious shortage of sports facilities. As a very welcome by-product of the club’s ambitions, these facilities will provide playing space for the wider communities of Truro and the surrounding areas.
“While the land at Pencoose is not allocated for development, we have undertaken an environmental impact assessment which has demonstrated our commitment to minimising any impacts on the local environment.”
Mr Heaney stressed that the current application did not include provision for the much vaunted new sports stadium.
“There is a desire both from within the club and local authorities to provide a sports stadium for Cornwall,” he acknowledged.
“But that is a separate matter and will be dealt with separately in due course. The aim of this application is to provide facilities for the club as a whole and it is intended that the first eleven will only play at Pencoose on a temporary basis until a stadium comes forward.”
Mr Heaney commented: “Notwithstanding the need of Truro City Football Club, there is an historic shortage of adequate sports facilities in the area and the continuing level of economic growth and the amount of future housing and population growth has only served to intensify the need for sports and recreation facilities.”
Mr Heaney took over the football club in 2004 and paid off all its crippling debts. He has since transformed it with, by Cornish standards, huge injections of capital and the club last Saturday made soccer history by becoming the first Cornish club to reach the FA Vase semi-finals.
Paradoxically, the club has encountered nightmare problems with its relaid pitch, which, exacerbated by this winter’s exceptional rainfall, has seen the Treyew Road ground virtually out of bounds for nearly three months.
Present weather conditions apart, it has struggled to accommodate matches for just the first and second teams, while the club has increased the number of youth and junior members from 100 to over 300 in the last two to three years.
The club is also taking a leading role in developing a league for the disabled, in addition to the three women’s teams.
“Truro City is an enormous club and with so many people involved it makes the current level of facilities look ridiculous,” said Mr Heaney. “I believe that the only sensible and achievable way to knit together all that the club has to offer is literally to bring everyone together in the way we now propose.”
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HEANEY UNVEILS further step in the TCFC masterplan