A popular Leyland club, which has become the ‘victim of its own success’, was applauded this week as plans were passed to create 102 EXTRA car parking spaces at the site.
There is currently only room for 26 cars at the Moss Side Playing Fields, which caters for the Leyland Warriors Rugby Club, the Ulnes Walton Bridleways Association, footballers and anglers, as well as members of the general public.
It means that cars have to park around Moss Side Way and Slater Lane, which causes headaches for residents.
As part of an ambitious £330,000 scheme to open the site up to community use, with new sports pitches and multi-use tracks for cyclists and dog walkers, the rugby club has secured funding for a huge expansion of the car park.
And the scheme was unanimously supported by South Ribble Council’s planning committee last night.
County Coun Michael Green said: “The applicant is very active in the area, providing facilities for lots of young people.
“It’s a victim of its own success to an extent, and it’s to the applicant’s credit that he wants to tackle the parking issues. This will make a big difference to the community.”
Coun Phil Smith, cabinet member for leisure, healthy communities and regeneration, added: “It does mean creating a car park on a green space, but it will allow for the proper use of the whole area and will be great for the community and the rugby club.
“It will allow the users of the fields to develop the site greatly for sports and activities, to get youngsters out and about playing ball games, like they should be doing.”
Sitting on the planning committee, Coun Mary Green said: “It’s an area that not many people know about, and it’s considered a hidden gem really.
“The work they do there is fantastic, and I wholeheartedly support this.”
Coun Caroline Moon, who is helping to lead the project through the Leyland My Neighbourhood Forum, said: “I’m really pleased this has been passed, as the rugby club is working very hard to improve the site for everybody.
“I’d also like to thank the residents for their patience with this. It will all be worth it once the work is done.”