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Lawyers sign off plans for Southend stadium

Southend United FC can now proceed with development of 21,000-seat stadium

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council lawyers have finally signed off a planning application for a new stadium for Southend United Football Club.

The application was first submitted in 2017 and approved by the council last year, and the Secretary of State confirmed that the plans would not be called in, but the size of the application meant additional legal agreements had to be drawn up.

Council lawyers have now signed off the legal terms so the 21,000-seat stadium development can go ahead.

The new stadium off Eastern Avenue in Southend is expected to bring £500m to the town and create more than 1,000 new jobs.

It is also being backed with a £30million investment from Homes England.

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