WORK on an ambitious £120,000 sports pitch at Mount Pleasant Primary School, Clayton-le-Moors, has been put on hold.
Work on the pitch - which will be open to all once it's built - will not be started until next spring at the earliest.
A spokesman for Lancashire County Council, the body responsible for granting planning permission, said: "As Hyndburn Council has not yet finalised all the necessary details relating to the planning agreement we do not have the funding from the developers to carry out the work on the sports pitch."
Funding for the work is to be provided by Persimmon Homes as part of a deal that allows it to build homes in the countryside.
"We do not expect there to be any problems securing the cash," said the county council spokesman. But due to the time of year we have decided to wait until late spring to seed the pitch."
He said the work was seasonal and involved laying turf which would not bed in properly if laid before the onset of milder weather.
It was originally estimated the pitch would cost £114,000 but the figure grew after the surprise find of Second World War air raid shelters under the surface.
Mrs Anne Duke, the Mount Pleasant headteacher, said: "We are a bit the wiser now about what is going on.
"The work is being placed on the back burner till next spring and the plans held in abeyance.
"We have been told we won't hear anything until next year and, although that sounds ages, it's not really. Improvements do take time after all."