Pool launch planning application for new training ground

An artist's impression of the proposed structure
An artist's impression of the proposed structure
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Blackpool FC have submitted a planning application for a new training ground at Squires Gate.

The Seasiders lodged the paperwork with Fylde council last week proposing a brand new one-story building on the existing site on Martin Avenue, St Annes.

Pool’s training ground is a much talked about issue among fans, players and former managers with Ian Holloway once describing the facilities as a hell-hole.

The current structure, which has been used since the War and housed the likes of Sir Stanley Matthews and Jimmy Armfield in the 50s and 60s, would be demolished in the plans.

Pool have applied for a building containing changing rooms, a classroom, offices, hospitality area/players canteen, rehabilitation gym, physiotherapists’ rooms and associated facilities.

The application states the current facilities are “in a dated, rather ramshackle form.”

It states: “There is no disputing the need for the existing training facilities at Squires Gate to be replaced. The buildings are in poor condition and are significantly dated.”

The application goes on to talk about the need for a new training ground, and says despite searching for a new location for the building, the club’s League One status means the club has to stay where they are.

It reads: “The club has undertaken a search over the last three years for alternative locations, none of which have provided suitable or available.

“In addition, there are considerable costs in relocating to a new facility which a club in League One is not in a position to expend.”

Fylde Council will make a decision on the application by November 19, after which and if approved, work would begin on the new site.

It’s believed the facility, which currently has two full-sized football pitches, will also include 46 car parking spaces and areas for the club’s Academy.