Billericay Town Football Club: Building permit for the stadium


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A FOOTBALL club applied for a retrospective building permit for changes to the land under previous ownership which did not cooperate with the council.

The Billericay Town Football Club has applied for approval of changes to its New Lodge pitch in recent years.

The observation stands have been replaced with new structures, the pavilion has been renovated, the pitch has been replaced with a new artificial surface and moderations have been made to the lighting system on the pitch.

In 2017, then owned by steel mogul Glenn Tamplin, the club applied for permission to build a brand new stadium, but were turned down by council who had identified the proposed area for thousands of new homes.

The club, which leases the land of its current house to the board, then began to formalize plans for a multi-million dollar renovation of its infrastructure and grounds.

However, work started and ended on these improvements without the building permit being confirmed by the council.

Mr. Tamplin has since sold the club to a new owner who has approached the board to ratify the changes made under his leadership.

Board officers recommended the changes be approved, with board documents saying “the significant benefits to the club community and use of the football field are recognized.”

Council documents further reveal that former club owners “did not respond to requests for information,” adding that the new owners were “more cooperative … which helped push the planning request forward.”

During Mr Tamplin’s time as owner of Billericay, the club won the Isthmian Premier League title, as well as the Essex Senior Cup and Isthmian League Cup silverware.

He took control of Billericay in December 2016 and his financial backing has enabled former Premier League stars such as Paul Konchesky, Jamie O’Hara and Jermaine Pennant to make their way to New Lodge.

However, after finalizing his takeover of the club in December 2016, Mr. Tamplin left in September 2019.

The club currently sit last in the National League South, the sixth tier in English football, with just two out of 15 games so far this season.

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