St Modwen has redrawn its plans for the new stadium for Worcester City Football Club.
The significantly scaled down proposals for the site at Nunnery Way are expected to be submitted to the council by the end of the month.
St Modwen wants to develop the 8ha site between junctions 6 and 7 of the M5 for retail. There could be offices and car showrooms incorporated into the plans.
Fans of the club got to hear the surprise announcement at the annual general meeting at the current ground on St George’s Lane.
Vice-chairman Jim Panter said: “The anticipation is that a planning application will be going in within the next two to three weeks.
“We wanted to make sure we got the sale of the ground (St George’s Lane) completed so we could move forward from a position of strength.
“Any planning application for a stadium at Nunnery Way has got to be affordable from the point of view of a business plan. We have got to be able to show a sustainable business plan for the day-to-day running of the football club and I think we can show things are improving.”
Following the sale of St George’s Lane to Careys New Homes for £3.19M the club has £1.75M to spend on the project, and will be able to pay off their £1.4M debt to the Royal Bank of Scotland.