05:00AM, Thursday 24 January 2013
Maidenhead United FC have yet to submit a planning application for their proposed 500-seater stand at York Road but chairman Peter Griffin says the delay has been worthwhile.
The Magpies had hoped to get an application into the Royal Borough before Christmas as they look to make the most significant improvements to York Road in decades.
But Griffin says the club pushed back their time frame slightly to allow informal discussions to take place which will help ensure the very best application possible.
“There’s been a number of things going on in the background leading to it going in,” he said. “We’ve met the Oldfield ward councillors which is the ward the club sits in.
“They told us what we should so. They were very supportive and gave us hints and tips about section 106 funding as well as the planning application.
“The idea of meeting with these people is to make sure the application is received in the best possible shape.”
As well as meeting with councillors, the football club has also been speaking to the Football Foundation about how to submit the best possible application for a grant.
Securing a grant from the Football Foundation is key to the success of the project as it is hoped it will cover up to half of the expected £250,000 costs.
The rest of the money will then come from the club itself and also from any section 106 money it may get from the council.
“These things take their time,” said Maidenhead United chairman Griffin. “It’s taken a bit longer than we were aiming for but these have been a very positive few weeks over Christmas.
“Things are coming together nicely. The time spent getting informal feedback with the council and grant bodies has been very worthwhile.
“We’ve had quite a lot of dialogue with the Football Foundation about what they will support, again we’ve had to change the plan slightly to meet that.
“The planning application is now just about finalised. Once we get the updated plan from the builders it will be ready to go in.”
On the company who will build the proposed stand, the Magpies chairman added: “At this stage we’re happy with that process, although we won’t name them yet.”** Follow Advertiser sports reporter @charles_watts on Twitter for all your breaking sports news **
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