Accrington Stanley have been granted planning permission to build a retaining fence around the perimeter of King George V Playing Fields.
The club recently agreed a 100-year lease with Hyndburn Borough Council for the playing fields which, when renovated, will provide a permanent training facility for the first team, Under 23s, youth team and Stanley’s category 3 Academy.
The club has been granted planning permission to build a 4.5m high green powder-coated metal boundary fence around 40,000 square feet of the site to protect the playing surfaces.
“We will be installing a brand new drainage system and fully reinstating the grass pitches, the changing rooms and the car park and we need to protect them as we will be spending over half a million pounds on bringing the pitches and facilities up to League One training standard,” said Managing Director David Burgess.
“We want to work closely with the residents and local community who will still have access to the outside perimeter of the playing fields, albeit outside the protective fencing.
“This site will be the first proper training facility the football club has had since its reformation in 1968 and we want to make it something special for the club and the town to be proud of.”