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The grounds of Devon's biggest rugby club are going to get even bigger. Planning permission has been granted for the Exeter Chiefs' stadium, Sandy Park to double in size at a cost of around twenty-four million pounds. It hopes to be able to hold 20,600 people. Claire Manning reports.
Exeter City Council have approved plans to double the size of Sandy Park Stadium.
Councillors voted unanimously for a £24 million development of the current ground, which is home to the Exeter Chiefs. The expansion would make Sandy Park one of the best rugby stadiums in the country.
The rugby club is expected to hold an EGM on Wednesday to discuss raising £7 million from shareholders, that would allow them to complete the first phase of the project.
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The plans would include three new grandstands, additional parking, bus/coach drop off and extension to the west stand including conference centre to south stand. Councillors are being recommended to approve the scheme subject to certain conditions.
Exeter Chiefs will this evening (Monday) discover if the club can double the size of the ground to make Sandy Park one of the best rugby stadiums in the country. Exeter City Council planning team will meet at 5pm to discuss plans to increase the ground capacity from 10,750 to 20,600.