Horsham District Council Development Control Committee has approved the Broadbridge Heath Football Club plans for a new ground away from the Leisure Centre, with three grass pitches, a pavilion, stands and floodlights.
The club has been seeking facilities away from the Leisure Centre for the best part of 20 years. That opportunity came in 2004/2005 with the announcement that around 1,000 homes were to be built on land south of the village and long before the first brick was laid, members of the club had meetings with the Parish Council, the District Council, the Developers and Sport England. The club attended every meeting, every workshop, completed every survey and made it very clear from the beginning that they wanted their own facilities for the seniors and juniors, with a first team pitch to satisfy the ground grading requirements for Step 5 football. As a result, the requirements for a new ground and pitches were included in the site Master Plan and subsequently in the Section 106 Agreement.
Broadbridge Heath Football Club Secretary, Andrew Crisp, said after the decision “It hasn’t been easy, there have been many highs and lows along the way but we have been very fortunate to have the support of the Broadbridge Heath Parish Council, the District Council and especially that of former District Councillor Malcolm Curnock who championed this on our behalf, but who is sadly no longer with us. With the club’s centenary year in 2019, we can finally look forward to having facilities that will ensure the destiny of Broadbridge Heath Football Club well into the future.”