March Town United Football Club have been given planning permission as part of their quest to build a new clubhouse.
Last week Fenland District Council approved the club’s planning application for a new grandstand and the Hares hoped this is the last hurdle to building a new facility.
The Hares have settled their dispute with the GER club and the deadline for the agreement to be signed is July 2. The club have signed a new 30-year lease.
Having met all the conditions laid down, the club should be in a position to secure the necessary funding to begin the new build within the next few weeks. It is hoped the clubhouse will be open by Christmas, while work on the grandstand will begin in a couple of years’ time.
March chairman Phil White said: “We have done everything we needed to according to the court agreement. We just have to wait.
“Hopefully it will be done by July 2 and then we can crack on with the clubhouse. We had to make an application now for the grandstand as part of the court order.
“We knew we wanted to take the grandstand down at a certain time. Hopefully that’s the end of it now.”
White added that once the agreement is signed building work will begin straight away.
He commented that the new facilities will benefit the whole community: “It will be open to everybody - it’s not just for March Town FC.
“It’s exciting, but there will be relief when the agreement is signed and then we can pop the champagne.”
March manager Paul Crosbie said: “This is a hugely significant step for the the Hares.
“With the club adding six junior teams and a ladies team to the club for next season, this is news that further cements our intentions of being a club for the March and surrounding Fenland community.”