By, Ben Ramsdale
Harrogate Town were granted planning permission earlier this week (24 April) for their proposed plans to develop their home of The CNG Stadium.
The proposal means that the capacity of the ground will rise from under 3,000 to 5,000, fit for league football.
Proposals also include a new two storey clubhouse, seated terraces, an office building, classrooms to be used as community facilities and a new improved floodlighting solution.
Managing Director Garry Plant stated: “We are delighted that the planning committee supported this sensitively designed scheme which will help us achieve our ambitions.”
NEWS | We are delighted to confirm planning permission has been granted for our proposed development of The CNG Stadium
— Harrogate Town AFC (@HarrogateTown) April 25, 2018
Permission was previously knocked back after complaints from local residents and David Smith, associate at Indigo said: “Given the sites location, it was essential that we engaged with the local community throughout the planning process and respond to their feedback.”
Managing Director Garry Plant added: “The club is committed to delivering a high quality facility that the local community can be proud of.”
Harrogate lost the battle for top spot last Saturday, falling to defeat at the hands of Bradford Park Avenue which handed the title to competitors Salford City. Therefore, the planning permission news has come as a boost to everyone involved within the football club.
Town face Curzon Ashton this coming Saturday in the final game of The National League North season and will be looking to pick up 3 points to boost confidence ahead of what looks to be a thrilling play off competition.