Angerland application lodged after 36 years of waiting

PUBLISHED: 09:45 05 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:47 05 July 2013

Park and Ride at Angerland in Hatfield

Park and Ride at Angerland in Hatfield

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AFTER 36 years of waiting, plans for a new home of sport in Hatfield have finally been lodged.

A planning application to transform the overgrown wasteland, off Angerland Common, into a sporting base has been put before Welwyn Hatfield Council.

If the collaboration between The University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Queen Elizabeth II Rugby Club and Hatfield Town Football Club is successful, pitches and a clubhouse – with changing facilities – will be built.

Andrew May, director of estates and hospitality at the university, said: “We are pleased that this collaborative project has progressed to the planning stage and look forward to it developing.”

An agreement between both clubs has led to the formation of the Hatfield Sports Association, and the university is understood to have invested £1.4m in the project.

Planning permission was granted for a similar facility in 1977, but nothing was ever built.

Clubhouse

Four other sport and clubhouse plans have also been approved since the ’70s.

Chris Maloney, chairman of the football club, told the WHT: “I’m glad that we are now getting to the stage were a planning application has gone in and we are making progress.”

If this time around work begins on the site there will be two football pitches, a rugby pitch, two youth pitches and a clubhouse.

The clubhouse would have six changing rooms, an officials’ room and bar.

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