Milton Keynes Dons have announced that they are working on a revised proposal on plans to build a training ground at the National Bowl.
MK Dons had previously reached an agreement with Milton Keynes Council in late 2019 to use the music venue in Milton Keynes to build a training ground.
The club have confirmed that they had submitted a phased approach with the plan to bring in first team training facilities but after objections raised on behalf of a cycling club using the Bowl that the application has been withdrawn and will now be subject to further revision.
MK Dons have said the intent is to provide an enhanced alternative proposal with the intent of ensuring a mutually beneficial outcome.
In their statement, MK Dons said, “The Club wishes to provide an update on its current plans for the National Bowl.
“Two planning applications had been submitted to Milton Keynes Council, as part of a phased delivery of improvements to the Bowl, that would have allowed for the construction of first-team pitches and a temporary amenity building. The Club considered this approach would have minimal impact on the various stakeholders across the site whilst allowing the First Team access to train at the Bowl as quickly as possible.
“However, following objections raised by the Council’s Cycling Officer regarding the proposed interim alternate arrangements for the cycling club who are users of the facility, we were unfortunately left with no alternative but to withdraw both applications.
“The Club are now working on an enhanced and alternative proposal which it is hoped can meet the expectations and ambitions of all the key stakeholders.
“The Bowl is an important asset of this city and we want to do our upmost to ensure the optimum outcome from this process.”