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Fans Urged To Back Tesco Scheme

9 March 2014

Planning deadline approaches

Chief executive Mark Catlin has urged Pompey fans to get behind the planning application for a new Tesco superstore as the deadline for comments on the scheme looms.

Members of the public are able to comment on the application at the Portsmouth City Council website until Thursday, March 13 and Catlin thinks fans should actively get involved.

The benefits of the scheme to the club, and the possible options for redeveloping Fratton Park in the future, have been outlined in a special article by architect and PST executive board member Mike Saunders here.

Catlin said: “This scheme is very important for the future prosperity of the club. We have worked closely with Stuart Robinson, the council and other stakeholders to ensure that this application maximises benefits to the club, both financially and to reunite land to the north of the stadium under the club’s direct control again.

“For the first time in our recent history the club will have, in its direct ownership, land which protects the club’s future stadium redevelopment options, as well as providing a significant seven-figure sum which will be ringfenced to spend specifically on stadium improvements. 

“We encourage fans to have their say. When the club hosted a public consultation on this scheme it was very well received by the overwhelming majority of people that participated and we want councillors to be aware of that positive strength of feeling.”

The full application can be viewed and commented on here.

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