POOLE Town have issued an update on their hunt for a new home, with the club identifying an undisclosed site for a new ground.

After multiple false dawns and tribulations, the Southern League Premier South outfit are keen to apply for planning permission, with an application planned to be actioned in the next three to four months.

Plans have been drawn up for a community stadium that would secure the Dolphins’ long-term future, and potentially allow the side to progress beyond the National South.

Director Andy Rossiter told the Daily Echo: “We were due to meet a high-level delegation from BCP Council, to discuss an exciting community stadium at the heart of a larger educational and recreational facility for the benefit of the people of Poole, only for the meeting to be delayed by unforeseen circumstances.

“A rearranged meeting has been set for the end of August, and subject to any factors which might suggest a positive reason for delay we hope to submit a planning application shortly after that.”

Poole had previously been denied a chance to earn promotion to the fifth tier despite achieving a play-off finish, due to the limitations of their current home.

Dolphins have been based at Tatnam Farm, currently called the BlackGold Stadium due to sponsorship reasons, since October of 2000, with the temporary solution still called home over two decades on.

Their current lease expires in December 2024, mid-way through the 2024-25 campaign, however the club are currently in constructive negotiations with the academy trust for a short extension that would give Poole time to construct their new community stadium.

With grants from the Football Foundation requiring clubs to have a 10-year lease, most of the improvements at the BlackGold Stadium in recent years have come straight from the club’s coffers or through investment and sponsorship.

Over the years, almost £1 million has been spent bringing Tatnam up to standards required for three previous promotions, but the club are unable to further improve facilities due to the fact that any installations must be temporary, as per the terms of their lease.

Currently the ground would pass grading for a return to the sixth-tier, with Poole gearing up for a promotion push next campaign.

The Daily Echo understands the chosen site is not Poole’s spiritual home, Poole Stadium, which currently hosts Poole Pirates.

Over the years there have been multiple discussions held on a return to the ground they were booted out of in 1994.

Initially promised a new ground at Turlin Moor, other projects at Branksome Rec and Bearwood have also fallen through.