Plans have been unveiled for a brand new 10,000-seater stadium in Cornwall as the finance for the development is nudging ever closer.

Cornwall Community Stadium Limited, a consortium of the Inox Group, Truro and Penwith College, and Cornish Pirates rugby club, said that the funds for the development could potentially be in place in the "near future" and would represent a landmark venue should it come it come to fruition.

Officials stated that the new stadium will cost £16.5 million to complete and would be situated in Threemilestone, near to Truro. It would provide the rugby side with a state-of-the-art ground that it would be ready to host Aviva Premiership games should the club progress that far.

The Pirates currently occupy seventh place in the RFU Championship, a division below the Premiership, and play their home games at The Mennaye Field. The ground has a capacity of 3,500 and while it is suited to the Pirates' needs at the moment, should the club gain promotion officials believe that it would be only natural that they would require a new stadium to welcome the very best within rugby union and it is where the proposals come in.

Initial outline planning permission for a venue at Langarth Farm was granted by Cornwall Council in January and the first images of the potential sight have provided an insight to what the finished article will look like. Peter Marks, chairman of the Stadium 4 Cornwall Group (S4C) said that the members of the group were pleased with the images of the stadium and are confident that the construction of this development will come to fruition.

Cornwall Community Stadium Limited also spoke of its delight of the plans moving a step forward and told the West Morning News: "Recent political disarray within Cornwall Council does not reflect well on the county. Project partners would urge the council to restore stability and direction at the earliest opportunity, to enable plans for development to be considered in a positive environment."

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