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Worcester City to appeal stadium decision

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Worcester City are set to appeal against a second refusal of planning permission for their proposed 4,000 capacity stadium at Perdiswell Park.   The club has been without a home since selling St. George's Lane in 2013,

The club has dropped down three tiers in the non-league pyramid into the Midland League Premier Division because they could not afford to play at a higher level while ground sharing at Bromsgrove Sporting 16 miles away from the cathedral city.

Planning officials had recommended giving permission, warning that the council might lose an appeal and face a big legal bill.  However, the proposal was defeated 6-5 on the casting vote of the chairman.

Supporters of the plan said that it would provide a strong community plan that would outweigh the loss of green space.   However, there have been objections from neighbours and it has been argued that the park is an unsuitable location for a stadium.

The chairman of Aviva Premiership club Worcester Warriors has said that he would be happy to talk to City about a ground share at their Sixways Home.

The decision provoked a vigorous debate on the comments page of a local newspaper, some contributors arguing that the club would be better off with a site near the M6 motorway,