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Cornish Pirates 'absolutely delighted' about Stadium approval

Cornish Pirates say they are "absolutely delighted" that Cornwall Council has approved a planning application for a shopping centre which will pay for the new Stadium.

The Stadium will be the new home of the Championship team and will give them a facility "that can showcase the game as a great spectacle".

From a Pirates perspective, the Board can now begin to view the future with clarity over where we will be playing and begin the process to build on our existing great supporter base and to attract new sponsorship incomes.

We can now plan to progressively build the playing squad to compete at the top end of the Championship, within a facility that can showcase the game as a great spectacle but for our players also to showcase their own individual skills in a perfect setting.

We will be working with the other Stadium partners to progress the development of the plans that will bring real benefit to the community across the whole of Cornwall.

– Ian Connell, Chairman of the Cornish Pirates

Stadium for Cornwall approved

Cornwall Council has approved a planning application for an out of town shopping centre which will pay for the new Stadium for Cornwall.

Permission had already been granted for the stadium on the outskirts of Truro - but the money to build it depended on permission for a shopping development at West Langarth, about four miles from the city centre.

That's just been approved, against the recommendation of council officials.

The stadium would be home to the Cornish Pirates Credit: Artist's impression

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Cornwall stadium's future could be decided today

The 6,000-seat stadium would be the new home of the Cornish Pirates. Credit: Artist's impression

The fate of the Stadium for Cornwall could be decided at a council meeting later today.

Planners are being recommended to turn down an application for a supermarket on the site at Threemilestone near Truro, which developers say is needed to finance the stadium.

A decision was deferred in March to allow further work to be carried out on the application.

The 6,000-seat stadium would be the new home of the Cornish Pirates.

'Paves' to be a player-coach

Alan Paver, has signed a two-year contract as a Player/Coach with the Cornish Pirates Credit: The Cornish Pirates

The Cornish Pirates long serving prop forward Alan Paver, has signed a two-year contract as a Player/Coach.

The 36 year old known as 'Paves' has amassed 310 games for the club, inlcluding playing in the RFU Championship XV against the Maori All Blacks.

Director of Rugby Ian Davies says:

"_Alan has always had a leading input with the scrummaging here at the Pirates but now this role will help him expand his focus to other parts of the team... at some point he may realise there are other players on the field other than just front rowers! "

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