02:20AM, Thursday 07 February 2013
Maidenhead United chairman Peter Griffin has hailed a milestone for the club after plans for a new 500-seat stand at York Road were submitted to the Royal Borough.
Proposals for the £300,000 stand, which will replace the old railway-side stand, were lodged with the council on Monday.
Mr Griffin said the club had chosen a preferred bidder to construct the stand but said it wouldn't be fair to name them until all the contracts have been signed.
He said the firm had an arm that specialised in building sports stadia and had plenty of experience in the field.
The football club was set to put in its plans before Christmas, but delayed submitting it to speak with Royal Borough councillors and the Football Foundation to ensure it put in the best application possible.
"It's a milestone for us and something that we will continue to work at bit by bit," said Mr Griffin.
"It is significant but there will be a lot more to come.
"I don't anticipate any major problems with the application because we are replacing a like-for-like stand, however, planning approval is a pre-requisite for us to be able to submit our grant application to the Football Foundation."
The stand would be the biggest development at York Road - believed to be the world's oldest continually used football ground - in a generation.
The next step will see the club attempt to secure grant money from the Football Foundation to cover half the cost.
The rest of the money will come from the club itself and from any section 106 funds it receives from the council.
Mr Griffin said that it was difficult to place a timescale on the development, because it depended on factors outside the club's control, such as the length of time it takes to get permission or grant funds.
He added that realistically the cost of the full development was likely to be in the region of £300,000.
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