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Plans for a new Worcester City stadium are expected to go before the council next month, according to chairman Anthony Hampson.

Two months have now passed since City performed a dramatic U-turn and threw their support behind a move to Nunnery Way with property developer St Modwen.

The Blue Square Bet North club believe they can bridge a £1.5million funding gap in the project by using modular materials — prefabricated buildings — to construct a 556-seat main stand and 1,600 covered terrace behind one goal. But time is running out as the club have to vacate St George’s Lane, their home of more than 100 years, by June 2013 so it can be bulldozed for housing.

Hampson is hoping the revamped designs will be seen by Worcester City Council planners next month but admits he won’t believe it until it happens.

The City chief said: “Plans for any move from St George’s Lane look as far away as ever and it gives me cause for considerable concern.

“My understanding is that October will be the month for the next hearing of the St Modwen plans. However, like all these things, they seem to take forever.

“We really are starting to come under time pressure.”

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