Football ground plan for village

Plans have been submitted to turn fields in Pinchbeck into a new football ground and sports field.

Pinchbeck United Junior Football Club (PUJFC) has submitted an application for the change of use of fields in Northgate from agricultural land to football pitches.

A feasibility study – which lists the nine sites PUJFC considered – states that the club plans for the site to house four changing rooms and a community room.

Approximately 18 acres of agricultural land has been earmarked for the new sports field. Six acres of the land is owned by Pinchbeck Parish Council, who would lease it to the football club for 25 years.

A further 12 acres is owned by Mr C H Banks of Pinchbeck and the football club is trying to acquire this, the feasibility study states.

PUJFC currently uses Glebe Field, Knight Street as its home base. The feasibility study states the five-acre site comprising a full-size pitch and two junior pitches “does not meet the needs and requirements of PUJFC due to its small size and the poor condition of the grass pitches.” The changing room and facilities are also unsuitable, it claims, and 10 matches need to be postponed per season.

The study says the proposed project will benefit the community by bringing “an increased awareness of the provision and service that PUJFC provide within the local and wider areas of Pinchbeck and enhancement of the sport and community facilities that will fully be accessible to members of the local and wider community.”

The planning application states that vehicle parking is not relevant to the proposal.

The site is also marked as being in an area at risk of flooding and within 20 meters of a watercourse.

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