ASHBOURNE’S £100,000 project to create a dedicated football pitch has moved a step closer to reality after plans were formally submitted.
The district council will now be asked to decide on whether land off Mayfield Road, behind Homebase and the Hug Sculpture, is suitable for the project.
Ashbourne FC has needed a new pitch for many years and has recently suffered two relegations from leagues that will not send teams to a local authority-provided pitch such as the current home of Ashbourne Recreation Ground.
Team chairman Paul Riley said: “When I think of all the money and work it’s taken to get it to this stage, if we can get permission it’ll be a red-letter day.”
Land and financial support has been pledged by Cedar House Investments and the club’s own fund-raising has been topped up by grants from Sport England and the FA.
If planning permission is granted the club could be ready to start work in April next year.