Fleetwood Town’s £6m community sports complex has been given the green light.
Wyre Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to give the League One club permission to go ahead with their ambitious plans to build a 16-pitch training ground, including a full-sized 3G artificial pitch.
The planning committee and council officers faced public scrutiny from those opposed to the plans and statements from supporters before the unopposed vote was cast.
Steve Curwood, chief executive, said work on Poolfoot Farm in Thornton, some three miles from Highbury Stadium, will start as soon as possible.
He said: “We are delighted planning permission has been granted.
“We hope the project will start within a matter of weeks.
“Once started, I anticipate the project will take up to one year to fully complete.
“This development will further put Fleetwood, Thornton and Wyre Borough on the map. The £6m cost is primarily from private investment and will create some 25 jobs.
“The club has a proven track record of projects in the heart of Fleetwood building new stands are around houses. The club has always had close consideration for our neighbours and this will continue in Thornton.
“I’d like to thank Robert McFarlane who is NPL Estates’ Chairman. Robert has assisted the process and worked towards this successful outcome.”
Coun Andrea Kay asked for the decision to be considered by the planning committee after she raised concerns about the risk of more traffic being around the site.
Speaking after the meeting, she said: “We did ask for some conditions and we hope they will meet the residents’ needs and their fears.
“Hopefully it will be an amicable situation between Fleetwood Town and the residents.”