A new £4m training complex for Fleetwood Town FC has won the backing of neighbours living close to the development.
Fleetwood Town FC hopes to transform land off Bourne Way in Thornton to provide 16 football pitches, changing rooms and classrooms for all abilities in Wyre.
The club will also move its training base back to the area from Fylde Rugby Club.
The estimated £4m ambitious plans were on display at Thornton Cleveleys FC, on Bourne Way, and showed the full extent of their proposals, which will see the amateur side supplied with well-maintained pitches and the club’s community trust moved in to classrooms to work with schools in the area.
Alongside the new sports complex, Rowland Homes has proposed to build 110 new homes, a number of which will be affordable, on land to the south of Bourne Way.
Phil Jenkins, 63, of Fleetwood Road, was viewing the plans with his wife.
He said: “When we heard about this and the homes our concern was that we would be losing community football pitches, but looking at the plans we are gaining a great facility and it’s a win win situation.
“The fact the housing estate is going to be there and so many homes will be affordable is something I can only see as being a good thing.
“The facilities the youngsters will get are second to none and a great improvement.
“The fields will be better maintained and there’s less of a chance the games will be called off.”
His wife, Audrey, 63, added: “I certainly think the community sports facilities are excellent and it’s a pity we didn’t have them a long time ago.
“Football clubs should be involved with the community and they should be based here, so this is an excellent idea.”
Pete Ryan, chairman of Thornton Action Group, added: “We need people who are committed to helping younger people and in this case it is Fleetwood Town FC.
“If people are going to be able to turn up on there and play football then it’s great.”
Andy Pilley, chairman of Fleetwood Town FC, said: “This is something which will enhance the quality of life for the whole community.
“Not only will it be more pleasant on the eye, but something that brings a lot of pleasure to residents, schools and teams and encourage a healthy lifestyle.”