Great Harwood Rovers Football Club bosses have confirmed they will support a controversial land swap that will see 250 new houses built on their Lyndon Playing Fields home.
As part of the proposed development, the football club would move to a new site at Heymoor Farm.Proceeds from the sale of the ground, together with a grant from the FA, would fund a pavilion and facilities.
The club, which is nearly 40 years old, does not have changing or parking facilities at its current home.
Chairman Craig Hall said: “If there was any realistic opportunity for Great Harwood Rovers FC to develop on Lyndon House, it would be an option I would happily put to our members.
“However, at this time, the latest proposal involving relocation to the new Showground at Heymoor Farm is the only viable option of achieving our goal of developing a quality sporting facility that will be available to all schools and community groups.”
More than 150 residents attended a public meeting last week, amid concerns over the council’s intention to dispose of the playing fields.
Resident Kate Tennant said: “We’re trying to see what we can do to keep them there.”
Developer Reilly Developments declined to comment.
The plans were set to go before an extraordinary general meeting of the cabinet next Monday, but it was cancelled due to “short notice”. The council has said it will look at the results of the consultation before the cabinet makes a final decision.