Plans For Improvements To Cambridge's Abbey Stadium Go On Show

18 May 2015, 09:36 | Updated: 18 May 2015, 11:31

Plans for improvements to Cambridge United's Abbey stadium, and proposals for a Sporting Village in Trumpington are going on show this afternoon.

Developers Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and USS today unveil their vision for a new community stadium in Newmarket Road, Abbey and the Cambridge Sporting Village in Trumpington Meadows.

The new facilities would be managed by a specially-created body, the Cambridge Community Sporting Trust, and would deliver much needed sports facilities for Cambridge and help to secure a long-term home for Cambridge United Football Club.

Two consultation events are being held between 12-9pm today in Abbey and Trumpington, exhibiting the masterplans and designs.

The proposal for the Cambridge Community Sporting Trust would:

-    Establish a community stadium with a focus on community uses and extended public access
-    Meet community needs with a new, vibrant hub for sports, training, education, health and recreation
-    Increase sports participation, improving health and wellbeing and providing positive economic impacts
-    Create a community-based sports complex to serve Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and the wider region
-    Deliver approximately 500 new homes as a natural extension to the highly successful, award-winning Trumpington Meadows
-    Extend public access to Green Belt land for recreation and sports.

The plans, an extension of the existing Trumpington Meadows development, would create a new training ground for Cambridge United Football Club and a venue for sport apprenticeships, volunteering and young leaders' programmes. It would also help the Football Club and the Community Trust expand their youth and skills development programmes.

A single governance structure would help ensure a consistent balance across the sports and prudent financial management, benefiting both the Football Club and other sports.

As the developer and co-owner of Trumpington Meadows and majority freeholder of Abbey Stadium, Grosvenor and its partner USS can ensure Cambridge Sporting Village is an integrated extension of Trumpington Meadows, sharing access to amenities.

Ed Skeates, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland's Director of Development for Cambridge, said:  "These proposals would bring exciting new facilities to the local community, responding to an identified need to increase people's participation in sport.

"The Cambridge Sporting Village aims to build upon the considerable amenities and benefits that exist at Trumpington Meadows. It would deliver a wide range of sports facilities and new homes, set in large areas of new public open space."

The Trumpington Meadows community is growing, with a primary school opening in 2013 and nearly 350 houses now occupied. 40% of the homes are affordable. The 60 hectares Country Park is due to open in Autumn 2015.

A planning application is likely to be submitted at the end of 2015. The first phase, including the new Cambridge community stadium and new homes and sports facilities in Trumpington could be complete by 2019/20.  

In addition to the public exhibitions, people can submit views and receive updates via an innovative consultation website A second public exhibition will be held later in this year.

"The Cambridge Community Stadium and the Sporting Village will, we hope, drive increased sports participation and further enhance Cambridge's reputation as a world class and thriving cosmopolitan city."