Argyle's development wins backing of local business chiefs
A £50 million scheme to redevelop the area around Plymouth Argyle's home ground has won the backing of the city's business leaders.
But some park users have spoken out against the ambitious proposals by Argyle boss James Brent's Akkeron Group, saying it will ruin their peace and quiet.
The plans to redevelop Argyle's Mayflower stand and build an ice rink, hotel, cinema and shops will be considered by Plymouth's planning committee tomorrow.
Dr David Gibson, managing director of the National Marine Aquarium, said: "For Plymouth to achieve its full potential as a destination we need to be looking beyond the day-visitor market.
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"To achieve this we need more leisure and tourism activities which will increase the attractiveness and critical mass of what the city has to offer.
"This will provide more reasons for people to visit and then encourage them to stay longer.
"I am very supportive of any high-quality proposals which contribute towards this and welcome the vision and investment proposed for Higher Home Park by Akkeron Group."
David Parlby, chief executive of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, said: "Such a significant project would form a major spur to Plymouth's tourism and leisure sector, and indirectly to other sectors.
"The fact that major players like Akkeron are prepared to invest in Plymouth during these difficult economic conditions demonstrates that the city is increasingly being recognised as the economic hub for the South West peninsula."
Jon Morcom, chair of Conference Plymouth, said: "Hosting conferences is an economic driver for Plymouth. With an estimated spend across the local economy of £180 per delegate per day, this sector has been identified as one with real growth potential for the city.
"The development offers another venue that can attract delegations to the city."
Akkeron Leisure says hundreds of new jobs will be created and millions of pounds will boost the local economy during the two-year construction, and when the new facilities begin operation.
As part of the development Akkeron will deliver £1.1 million worth of improvement to Central Park.