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Needham Market Football Club submits plans to demolish and replace spectator stand





A Suffolk football club has submitted plans for a new spectator stand to boost stadium capacity.

Needham Market Football Club has submitted an application to Mid Suffolk District Council to replace an existing stand with a new build as well as new facilities at its ground, Bloomfields, in Quinton Road.

The new stand would increase capacity from 2,250 to 2,400 spectators to accommodate more visitors as the club gears up to play in the National League North following their Southern League victory last season.

The existing stand at Bloomfields could be replaced if plans are approved. Picture: Mecha Morton
The existing stand at Bloomfields could be replaced if plans are approved. Picture: Mecha Morton

The new development would include toilet facilities, turnstile entrances, a lift for disabled access, a club shop, refreshment facilities including a spectator bar and two corporate suites for directors and the press.

If approved, construction is expected to take around eight weeks.

The current stand, built in 1995, does not meet modern safety standards and it has an open undercroft that poses a fire risk due to the stand’s timber terraced construction on a steel framework.

On top of this, the rake of the seats is at too high of an angle, the access steps up to the seats are difficult to access and and pitch-side steel posts supporting the roof obstruct views.

The stand offers no access for anyone with mobility or visual issues and no facilities other than a viewing area.

The plans are awaiting a decision from Mid Suffolk District Council.