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Southampton have earlier this month resubmitted plans for a major multi million pound improvement to their training ground on the edges of the New Forest.

The training ground is designed by AFL Architects, who did Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea's training grounds.

Many of the existing buildings will be demolished apart from the indoor training dome and the farmhouse building(which will serve the under 12's). All other academy, reserve and 1st teams will be located in a new two story pavilion building. The club also intends to do a large amount of landscaping on the site, build a groundsman's store, security lodge and improved car parking and access to the site.

Timeline of plans for Staplewood since takeover of the club in July 2009 by the Liebherr family...

19th November 2009 - Club sumbit plans for development of training facility.

15th January 2010 - Plans approved.

8th August 20010 - The death of billionaire owner Markus Liebherr (club still owned by his family and intend to see out his vision for the club)

2nd December 2010 - Club reevaluates and submit new plans for a far more extensive training facility in order to help fulfill requirements needed to help the club get back to the Premier League and compete towards the top.

Plans now include the groundsman's store, spectator stand, a much larger pavilion building, hydrotherapy pools etc - all of which weren't in the 2009 plans. The academy now has its own teachers, so academy scholars now no longer leave to go to school/college, meaning they have an extra 300 hours compared to other academies of contact time with the football coaching staff on site.

9th January 2011 - Earliest decision date.

3rd March 2011 - Target decision date.

Original November 2009 Plans

Chairman Nicola Cortese with a model of the original plans in 2009​

New, larger and far more extensive December 2010 Plans

Main pavilion building with the indoor training dome behind it​

All plans available on the New Forest District Council planning website -

Reports about the development as a whole



Pavilion Ground Floor Plan

Pavilion 1st Floor Plan

Masterplan of site

Landscaping Plan

Spectator stand for training pitch

Security lodge plans

Groundsman building
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