Moor granted approval for a new home

A RUGBY league club has been granted outline approval for a new clubhouse, despite claims about rowdy fans.

Dewsbury Moor ARLFC now have three years to submit a full application for a proposed two-storey building.

It would have changing rooms and a gym and is planned for a plot near the existing clubhouse on Heckmondwike Road, which would be sold.

Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-Committee heard six letters and a 46 signature petition against the plans were received.

Residents claimed supporters and parents park outside their homes, were sometimes aggressive and damaged their properties.

The club wants new facilities as the current one is both out-dated and too small to cope with increasing demand.

Club chairman Pete Charlesworth said: “The only problems we have are with away supporters. We don’t want to fall out with anybody.”

Coun Karen Rowling (Lab, Dewsbury West) was among the councillors who backed the proposal.

She said: “I understand the concern of residents, but I think the benefits to the wider community outweigh those concerns.”

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