Coldstream FC get green light to upgrade Home Park

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Coldstream Football Club have been given the go-ahead to build a perimeter fence round the top pitch at Home Park and make other upgrades to their facilities.

Scottish Borders Council has approved the club’s planning application, subject to certain conditions being met.

The football club intends to install a permanent, two-metre fence around the top football pitch, a covered standing enclosure for over 100 spectators, an extension to the existing clubrooms, a portable pitchside fence, and three access gates to create an enclosed football ground.

The club needs to make the changes to comply with criteria to obtain a Scottish Football Association license and retain its place in the Scottish Cup.

The application was unanimously agreed by members of the planning committee subject to changes to the style of the fences, the covered standing area and the new park gate.

John Hayward, development control manager, said: “The most difficult element is the perimeter fence in terms of the visual impact and access through the park.”

“There is a limited public space being enclosed and it would not overly affect the setting of the park.”

“The Scottish Football Association requirement of the club must be offered some weight.”