Leek Town Football Club could swap their current grass pitch for an artificial 3G surface, according to new plans.
The Northern Premier League South East Division leaders have submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to construct an artificial grass pitch (AGP) including a new drainage system, terracing re-alignment and eight-metre high ballstop netting.
The current natural grass surface at Harrison Park is “unusable for one to two months a year” due to the impact adverse weather has on it.
This, the club says, causes a number of issues including inconsistent fixture dates which thus has an impact on player fitness.
This AGP pitch is designed to “look, play and feel like a natural grass surface” and will monitored by the current CCTV system in place.
In a design and access statement, it said: “It is important to understand that the community usage of the facility is vital to ensure the sustainability of the facility over its life span.
“This extended use is possible because the proposed Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) is more resilient during winter weather conditions and with the existing floodlighting system, will enable the facility to be used to its full potential.
“The development will enable the site to become a key focal point for the local community and support Leek Town’s desire to provide a state of the art playing and training facilities for the local grassroots teams
“The proposal would give rise to a considerable benefit to the wider community through the provision of an enhanced playing facility and the opportunity for usage throughout the year.”
SMDC will now assess the application.