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Big Plans Submitted For Fleet’s Stonebridge Road

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Ambitious Ebbsfleet United have submitted plans to the Gravesham Borough Council to build a new state-of-the-art stand with an integrated 55-bedroom hotel at Stonebridge Road.

The Vanarama National League South club began work on a new £5m main stand last year and now want to redevelop the Plough End in their biggest project yet.

The Fleet want to start the renovation in June with a projected completion date of April 2018.

The new stand will have the capability of housing 1,750 supports on a standing terrace which has the capability of adding seats should it become necessary while the three-level hotel overlooks the pitch.

A statement on Ebbsfleet’s website, read: “As everyone is aware, the ambition at Stonebridge Road is to build four new stands which generate income for the club and make it self-sufficient.

“The Fleet’s owners have determined that the football club must generate its own revenue around all four new stands to progress and to avoid any repetition of the circumstances which brought about its near closure in 2013.

“On a small site, the design has to be integrated to maximise use of the currently available area and we are now working on our plans for the Swanscombe End which will be communicated to supporters when they reach a finalised stage.

“Outline planning permission has been granted for all four sides of the stadium, but each phase requires submission of a detailed planning application, in this case with the amended design for the hotel, before the commencement of any works.”

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