Solihull football club’s all-weather pitch and floodlights plan
A local football club has submitted plans to install a synthetic training pitch in place of its current turf surface.
The application by Solihull Moors has been lodged with the council’s planning department and seeks permission to introduce a new 3G facility at the Damson Parkway site.
The development would also include a new perimeter path, fencing and a floodlights system.
A statement submitted on behalf of the club argues the all-weather scheme would “expand and improve” the facilities available to both the club and the wider community.
“[The Moors have] 80 teams with over 1,100 youth and junior players ranging from ages five to seniors,” it said.
“The existing grass pitch suffers from drainage problems and can become water logged thus restricting its use for much of the year.
“The new facility will allow the club to use the new sports pitch all year round.”
The document confirms that hours would remain the same as for the current pitch (9am–10pm every day, including Bank Holidays).
Trees which screen the site’s northern boundary would be retained, which the club has suggested will mean that existing views are unlikely to be affected.
The application comes just a couple of months after a separate request – which was recently approved by officers – to install new floodlights at the main stadium adjacent to the training pitch.
The fixtures are designed to meet Football League standards, amid hopes that the Moors could be promoted into the upper tiers of the sport in the coming weeks.
The men’s senior team currently sit third in the National League, two points off the top spot.
Although their promotion prospects have been dented by a recent dip in form – with a run of a defeat and two draws – they still have a three point cushion over fourth-placed Wrexham and, crucially, remain in the play-off places.
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