Watford FC’s Premier League promotion has delighted Hornets fans, but the success brings more questions on moving the stadium from Vicarage Road to a new location.
Planning documents have revealed more details on the proposals for a potential new Watford Football Club 33,000 capacity stadium along with a 6,000-seater arena and other facilities in Bushey at the former Country Club.
The proposals were submitted earlier in the year by Veladail Leisure Ltd in response to Hertsmere Borough Council asking for submissions for commercial sites as part of the local plan process.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “I know there has been much speculation about the future of Watford FC’s stadium and a possible move to Bushey. The rebuilding of Watford General Hospital could free up land to improve Watford FC’s Vicarage Road stadium, helping to keep the club on its current site.
“The current stadium is on a constrained site and they need extra capacity and more land. But the hospital plans make it easier to expand the existing stadium. We have held workshops with the club to explore the possibilities for keeping the stadium where it is.”
“We have a great relationship with the club, which has really played its part in the local community during the COVID crisis by making its stadium a haven for hospital staff. I will do everything in my power to enable the club to stay in Vicarage Road and remain in the heart of Watford.”
Watford FC declined to comment.
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