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Support grows for Farnley Falcons’ plans for permanent new clubhouse

2 June 2020

Farnley Falcons rugby club has applied for planning permission to build a new permanant clubhouse and changing facilities.

The club, which caters for more than 100 youngsters each week, has been operating out of temporary steel containers which act as changing rooms off Butt Lane.

It used to be based at nearby Farnley Sports and Social Club until it closed in late 2014 and was then demolished after an arson attack in 2015 and replaced with houses.

The Falcons have applied for the demolition of existing buildings and construction of a new single-storey clubhouse and changing facilities for four teams on the green belt site.

They’re also hoping for permission for associated car parking and the extension of one of existing pitches at the Butt Lane Recreation Ground in Farnley.

A planning statement accompanying the application said the new building will be sited in an unobtrusive location currently occupied by the temporary changing rooms.

The proposals answer the club’s need for expansion and provide a much-improved community amenity. It added:

“The proposal will not have a significant detrimental impact on either the residential amenity of neighbouring properties or the character of the surrounding area or the principle, purpose or openness of the Green Belt.

“The proposals will provide a much better facilities for both the club and the community as the clubroom provides an attractive flexible space, together with kitchen, associated storage and toilet accommodation.

“It is intended that this space will be hired out on non training / match days. The increase in changing rooms will allow more of the pitches to be used at any one time, thus improving the profile and use of the club as a whole.”

The proposals have attracted more than 30 letters of support.

View the application in full here.

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Pete beric says:

I think this is a superb idea been local to the area for the sport and youngsters of today to learn comrade manship and about fitness ect