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Local authorities role in the relocation of Football League clubs; Enablers or restrainers?

Moffat, Andrew; (1994) Local authorities role in the relocation of Football League clubs; Enablers or restrainers? Doctoral thesis (MPhil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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The majority of Football League clubs in England and Wales located on the sites they now occupy before 1910. These grounds are now commonly sited in residential areas. The demands from a football stadium have also changed during this time, and to meet these changes football clubs have been looking into ways to meet the demands of football in the twenty-first century, and meet the requirements of the Taylor Report into Safety at Football Grounds. The site constraints faced by many grounds located in urban areas has forced clubs to consider relocation as well as redevelopment to meet these changing demands. This thesis examines the four main problems faced by clubs in their search for improved facilities: the planning system and the planners who operate within this system, the willingness to meet changing needs from clubs, site constraints and finance. To facilitate a detailed examination, the study concentrated on two clubs, Cambridge United and Oxford United, and the affects of the first of these problems, the planning system and the planners who operate within this system. The aim of the study was not to suggest where or how these clubs should develop, but to suggest the way forward for clubs whichever path they choose. The aim was to suggest the way forward for clubs, local planning authorities and the other actors in the development process for each of the options open to clubs, including redevelopment and relocation. The main conclusion of the study was that the emphasis must be put on co-ordination and co-operation between actors rather than conflict, and the most appropriate way to do this is to convene a forum to include the major actors in the process.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: MPhil
Title: Local authorities role in the relocation of Football League clubs; Enablers or restrainers?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10105089
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