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Council denial over Coventry stadium plan will puzzle fans

Reports have emerged today of a deal to buy Brandon Stadium in Warwickshire Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

As reports today suggest the Sky Blues have done a deal to buy Brandon Stadium, the announcement by Rugby Borough Council that it has not held any discussions with Coventry City, will puzzle many fans.

The speculation and uncertainty sparked by today's reports could well affect property prices for those who live near the site in Warwickshire.

That is why the council issued the clarification, in the interest of its residents.

Many will be understandably anxious that a large stadium is about to be built next to where they live.

In the past, sources at the club have said they would like to build a ground with an initial capacity of 15,000, which could be expanded at a later date.

Sources connected to the property developer working on behalf of the Sky Blues are suggesting that a statement will be made tomorrow, confirming that the club have bought a deal to buy Brandon.

However, for a stadium in Brandon to become a reality, Coventry would have to get planning permission from Rugby Borough Council.

Why then, has the club, or a representative of the club, not been in touch with the council to check the viability of the project?

Buying the site without checking beforehand (a process which can be done for free and in secret), would appear to be an extremely risky thing to do.

Supporters may also wonder why these reports have appeared in the local press, just as the Ricoh Arena and Coventry City hold last-minute talks to try and keep the club in the city.

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