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Green light for Morecambe FC concert plans

John Freeman
Lancaster City Council has given the green light to plans for Morecambe Football Club to stage pop concerts at the Globe Arena.

The football club had submitted a planning application to allow the use of its Westgate stadium for outdoor music events up to three days per year, which the council’s Planning and Highways Regulatory Committee approved the plans at its meeting on Monday.

Temporary planning permission has initially been granted for up to three days of outdoor music events over a period of 15 months to 30 June 2013. 

The temporary nature of the permission provides the club an opportunity to demonstrate how the impacts on the local community can be adequately mitigated, and other planning conditions will also reduce the impact on local people.

“Morecambe Football Club is a major asset both for the community and the local economy and the city council is fully supportive of its aims to grow and become even more successful," noted Councillor Keith Budden, chairman of the Committee.

“At the same time this has to be in line with the needs of people living near the club, in terms of the affect that the extra traffic and noise will have on the community.

“The committee agreed that the application could be supported as it balances both sides and by granting temporary permission any effects can be considered further should the club reapply for permission.”