The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council led ‘Sports Village’ project, which includes improvements to Harrison Park, home of Leek Town FC, has suffered a further set-back after the Council’s planning application was rejected by its own planning committee.
The project was partially derailed last month when Leek CSOB, one of the sports partners, withdrew their support to pursue their own future elsewhere, although the remaining partners have backed the project to continue without them.
Now the latest development has seen SMDC planners reject its own application because the proposed artificial pitch at Birchall playing fields encroaches onto the area used for the annual agricultural show.
However, since the laying of an artificial surface is in the third and final phase of the project, it is believed that the proposed pitch perimeter fence and the new playing surface planned for Harrison will still go ahead.
Meanwhile, Leek based Staffs Senior League outfit Ball Haye Green, who are in danger of losing their headquarters due to the closure of the Working Men’s Club where their pitch is situated, could fill the gap left by the Old Boys.
Work at Harrison Park is scheduled for completion in August 2011.