Guiseley’s stadium expansion plans set for green light as conference kick-off nears

Fans queue at the turnstiles at Guiseley AFC's Nethermoor Park ground.
Fans queue at the turnstiles at Guiseley AFC's Nethermoor Park ground.
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Plans to expand the historic homeground of Guiseley AFC are set to be given the green light by Leeds City Council.

The club is hoping to redevelop Nethermoor Park, which has been its home for more than a century, in a bid to meet Football League rules following its promotion to English football’s fifth tier.

Guiseley’s victory over Chorley FC in the Vanarama North play-off final last season means they are now required to up their capacity by a third to 4,000 including 500 seats to compete in the Vanarama National League, known as the conference.

Club officials hope to create new spectator terracing on three sides of the ground and ensure all four sides are covered, while adding a groundsman’s compound as well as new turnstile and toilet blocks.

A report to the council’s South and West Plans Panel, which will discuss the plans tomorrow, recommends that they be approved. The Football League requires the extra capacity to be in place by March 31 2016.

It states: “The proposals represent a suitable redevelopment of the ground which would enable the club to meet the requirements placed upon it by the Football League for entry to the national conference, while at the same time responding to visual and residential amenity issues and providing an appropriate package of measures to address highway network issues.”

The council received 61 objections to the plans over fears the move would mean privatising more of the public park and heightened noise, litter and congestion. It also received 95 statements in support.

If the plans are approved, the club is expected to submit a second planning application next year to build a new two-storey clubhouse to the south west of its site, which would be shared with the neighbouring Guiseley Cricket Club.

Guiseley AFC kick off their Vanarama National League season at Welling United on Saturday.

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