The Scholars Ground, home of Chasetown FC
The Scholars Ground, home of Chasetown FC

Planning chiefs have been told that failure to approve plans for a new stand at Chasetown FC would make the club “wither and die”.

Chasetown have submitted their latest plan to extend the facilities at their Scholars Ground home.

The proposals would see a 500-seat stand created along with a new club shop, changing rooms and offices.

With the players gaining promotion last season the club are desperate to get the go-ahead for the scheme.

But with their Church Street home being in a greenbelt area they must convince planning chiefs that there are “special circumstances” to allow them to go ahead.

The Scholars have issued a stark warning about the long term future of the club should the scheme not get the green light.

The planning statement says:

“If new facilities are not provided the club will simply be unable to take up the promotions it gains.  This will deter fans and make attracting new players increasingly more difficult. The club will then eventually wither and die.”

The club have also claimed that giving the scheme the go ahead would have other benefits to the local area.

The statement continues:

“The recent achievements of Chasetown Football Club, including its televised appearance in the FA Cup, have raised the status of Chasetown and Lichfield District as a whole. The achievements have brought great kudos to the locality.

“The current club employs 31 persons and is thus a significant employer. The benefit of that employment and the visitors the club attracts clearly has economic regeneration and tourism benefits to the wider area.”

People can have their say on the proposed development via Lichfield District Council’s planning website.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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