AMBITIOUS plans for York's community stadium have been submitted to City of York Council.

The proposals for an 8,000-seater venue - submitted by a consortium - will be considered by officers in the coming weeks despite public consultation prompting a mixed reaction.

The stadium is set to be the new home of York City FC and York Knights, and is one of a number of developments in the pipeline for the Huntington site, which also include a new swimming pool, cinema, library, community hub, shops and an adventure play zone.

Those behind the plans believe it will create around 200 jobs.

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A Design and Access Statement said: "The new Community Stadium will not only be the home to both football and rugby league, but encompass a unique mix of sport, fitness, leisure, education, hospitality and commercial facilities that are accessible to the entire community."

The statement made clear the new shops would not rival the nearby Monks Cross centre and the public could all benefit from the proposed facilities.

It added: "At the heart of the complex will sit the Community Hub, made up of key tenants including; York NHS Trust, St John’s University, Be Independent Living Assessment Centre and Gateway Library.

"The Community Hub will draw in a wide range of York residents from all aspects of the community

providing them with valuable services.

"Alongside the Community Hub will be the leisure facilities offering inclusive and accessible options for the whole community to improve their health and wellbeing.

"There will be a strong commitment to engage and involve the local communities in the development and delivery of these leisure services."

The total cost of the stadium and leisure complex - plus the replacement athletics track at Heslington West and rugby facilities at York St John - is £37 million.

Of that, the authority will contribute a total of £8million and borrow £4million.

Chris Symons, director of Development for GLL, the company leading the consortium, said: "Following the recent public consultation events, a planning application has now been submitted to the council.

"We would like to thank everyone for their feedback.

"As a result of feedback from the community we are proposing a number of transport measures, including improved pedestrian links and better signage."

Cllr Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at City of York Council said: "The York Community Stadium development is really gathering pace now, with this planning submission as the next major milestone being completed for what will be a landmark family sport, health and leisure destination."

People can still view and comment on the plans at