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Stanley start Crown Ground extension without planning permission

Accrington Stanley Football Club has failed to obtain planning permission before starting its Crown Ground extension, it has been revealed.

The Lancashire Telegraph reported that the npower League Two side did not have permission from Hyndburn Borough Council for the extension on the Coppice End of the stadium.

Earlier today Football Trade Directory reported how the work was required to bring the capacity at the ground up to 5,000 in order to satisfy Football League regulations.

But Hyndburn Borough Council’s leader Peter Britcliffe was critical of the club’s actions.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph Britcliffe said:  "They deserve to be shown the red card. They know planning permission is required for this extension and have known for some time they need to increase capacity.

"It is no surprise and our planning department is always happy to give pre-application advice.

"There is just no excuse to go ahead and carry out the work in this way."

Stanley chief executive Rob Heys defended the club citing the need for the work to be complete.

Heys said: "We were subject to time restraints before the start of the season and before Christmas ensured we contacted residents.

"No-one objected after we sent our letter but we did have one or two positive remarks.

"Council officers have visited and they are happy for us to carry on. We have a much better relationship with the council these days."

Stanley expect the work to be completed before February 12th.


Scott Hobro

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