The long-planned Stadium for Cornwall, or S4C, development on the outskirts of Truro has taken a step closer to reality.
Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee approved an application for the development of Truro City’s Treyew Road ground into a retail park, with Lidl as the anchor tenant.
This unlocks a critical source of funds for the S4C because approval of the project is conditional on the developers, Helical Retail, making a £2 million contribution to the new stadium.
Truro City has faced an uncertain future since Treyew Road was sold to a property investment company by the club’s previous owner several years ago.
The club signed an agreement in April 2017 to join the S4C project, sharing playing facilities with the Cornish Pirates. Thursday’s approval means Truro City has now matched the Pirates’ £2m contribution and that of the other stadium partner, Truro and Penwith College.
But with the S4C not expected to be ready until summer 2019, that leaves the National League South club looking for a temporary home for the 2018-19 season.
Several ground-sharing options are under consideration and discussions have been held with Bodmin Town and Helston Athletic. Teaming up with National League side Torquay United would be another possibility, particularly if Truro City was to gain promotion to the top tier of non-league football with more demanding ground-grading regulations.
Truro City chairman (and Independent proprietor) Peter Masters was pleased with the Council’s decision, saying refusal of the application could have been “game over” for the club: “I believe that Truro City has played a significant role in progressing the Stadium for Cornwall project, and assuming that matters proceed as planned, the club will have a fantastic future at a sustainable venue.”