Sports plans show a ‘huge investment’

Fleetwood Town FC has submitted its plans for a �4m sports complex at Poolfoot Farm, Thornton.
Fleetwood Town FC has submitted its plans for a �4m sports complex at Poolfoot Farm, Thornton.
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Plans for a new £4m sports complex in Thornton have been submitted by Fleetwood Town FC.

The football club hopes to provide 16 pitches, of varying sizes, changing rooms and classrooms that will predominantly be used by the 

The plans, at Poolfoot Farm, Bourne Way, include two “elite” pitches for use by its own players to allow them to train closer to their home ground

The club also plans to build a floodlit artificial 3G pitch large enough to accommodate 11-a-side matches.

Six of the playing fields are planned as part of the relocation of Thornton FC, which would be moved on under separate plans for residential development nearby.

According to a statement submitted to Wyre Council as part of the planning application: “These proposals not only aim to provide training facilities for the professional team but they also create a variety of much-needed community pitches, which will be managed and run by the club’s charitable trust – Fleetwood Town in the Community.”

A spokesman for the club said: “The community sports complex at Poolfoot Farm represents a huge investment in Thornton and Wyre.

“Not only the club will benefit from having the complex on its doorstep but the wider community will do.

“Grassroots football players of all ages will benefit from purpose-built facilities and well kept pitches.

“The club welcome the planning permission phase of the project and we hope the process will end favourably for all who will benefit from a positive outcome.”

No date has yet been set for the application to be considered by planners.

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