Defeat for sports village plans

Supporters and opponents of the proposed sports and football complex near Wrea Green were at St. Margaret's Church hall for the planning meeting.'Founder of the Haythornthwaite Sports Foundation David Haythornthwaite (centre front) with scheme supporters. PIC BY ROB LOCK'4-4-2012

Supporters and opponents of the proposed sports and football complex near Wrea Green were at St. Margaret's Church hall for the planning meeting.'Founder of the Haythornthwaite Sports Foundation David Haythornthwaite (centre front) with scheme supporters. PIC BY ROB LOCK'4-4-2012

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A VILLAGE is celebrating victory after their impassioned pleas saw them defeat plans for a massive new stadium in the middle of the countryside.

Councillors said they were “siding with Wrea Green” in the face of businessman David Haythornthwaite’s ambitious sports facility plans - but he has already vowed to appeal.

Mr Haythornthwaite’s vision of Greenlands Sports Village - complete with a new 2,500-capacity stadium for AFC Fylde, football and hockey pitches on the edge of Wrea Green - was thrown out by Fylde Council’s planning committee today.

The stadium’s location and size both went against it, as did concerns about the impact it would have on nearby residents - none of whom expressed support for the plans.

Coun Charlie Duffy said he believed it was a “good application in the wrong place”.

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