Green light for Coasters

An artist's impression of the proposed new stadium
An artist's impression of the proposed new stadium
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AFC Fylde’s ambitious plan for a new multi-million pound stadium moved a step closer this week when the club was granted planning permission.

The Coasters, who won promotion to the Conference North last season, were given the green light by Fylde Council to build a 6,000 capacity ground on the outskirts of Wesham.

The proposal, which also includes a pub, a restaurant and training pitches, was voted through by eight councillors to two.

AFC Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite said: “I’m really happy and the thing I’m most happy about is it was 8-2 in favour.

“I thought it was going to be a lot closer than that.

“It suddenly propels us into a different league. We are in a different league football-wise but now we are going to have first-class facilities.”

There were a number of objections to the bid, with those against the proposals citing traffic issues and the economic effect the plan would have on the nearby town centres of Wesham and Kirkham. Some objectors also argued it would have a detrimental effect on the surrounding countryside where the stadium is set to be built.

The club, which was known as Kirkham and Wesham until 2008, currently plays their home games at Kellamergh Park in Warton.