Outgoing chairman Ilyas Khan said it’s now hopefully a clearer road ahead in pursuit of a new ground for Accrington Stanley.
The idea has been mooted before but had to go on the backburner as the club battled financial problems.
But now Khan has reiterated he is prepared to invest £2m of his money – and his time and effort – into making a move away from the Crown Ground but it will be at least three years away, if not more.
Khan said: "The club has been in no position to commit to a new ground before.
"One of the benefits to my stepping down as Accrington Stanley chairman and having built up a good relationship with the council is that it is an opportunity to find a venue that works.
"At the moment we do not have a venue that works or a commercial partner and therefore, we don’t have any firm plans.
"Two sites we identified – near the current site of Hyndburn Sports Centre and one at the Huncoat power station – don’t appear suitable so we are still looking.
"The fact the club is financially stable and in a healthy position means I will not, hopefully, be having to subsidise it and therefore I can make a bigger commitment to looking for a ground and allocate my capital to the purchase of the ground.
"Ideally it will be a mixed facility with a sports centre, retail space, perhaps a hotel and a ground.
"While we can’t compete with the scale of Brighton’s new stadium, their model is a sound one.
"They have got a mixed use and compact site.
"If we can partner with the appropriate developers or hotel company, it gives the club another source of revenue and will help to supplement the Football League money and gate receipts."