Talks confirmed as Leeds handed huge boost in major development
By Russell Edge
Leeds United have been handed a huge boost after it was confirmed formal talks will go ahead over building a potential new training facility.
The club currently train at Thorp Arch, which is also the home to the club’s academy, which was built in 1994, with the academy facilities, named The Barn, completed in 2002.
However the Whites have been looking to move forward and build a brand new purpose built training ground, which would also incorporate the development of a community sports village near Elland Road.
Wednesday saw Leeds Council confirm via the Yorkshire Evening Post that they had green lighted the decision to progress discussions and that talks would be undertaken between the club and the council about developing a former school into the club’s new training site.
It is said that if the conversations proceed positively and planning permission is granted, then Leeds could expect to see their new facilities opened in the next three years.
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Leeds currently sit sixth in the Championship table after a mixed start to the season, which saw them go undefeated in their opening seven league games, although they have tasted defeat in each of their last three outings.
Their next match sees them travel to Bristol City on Saturday, with the Robins coming into the match off the back of a 0-0 draw at home against Burton Albion.
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