asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the remarks of the Minister for Sport concerning the planning application for a multiplex cinema and football stadium development at Stoneham near Southampton, as reported in
The Southern Daily Echo on 18 June, represent government policy. [HL2375]
As reported in The Southern Daily Echo on 18 June, we believe the proposed new stadium at Stoneham is an exciting project which will provide the fans of Southampton FC with much better facilities. The associated planning applications for retail units and a multiplex cinema are matters for the local planning authorities concerned. As the Minister for Sport made clear, he cannot comment on planning matters, as it is possible that the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions may have a role to play on these at a later date, either on appeal or by call in.