Plans have been submitted to partially redevelop a busy sports ground by creating a new 3G pitch to meet growing demand.

Chippenham Town Council has lodged a proposal for the construction of a new 3G artificial grass pitch, along with perimeter fencing, floodlighting, and storage facilities at Stanley Park Sports Ground.

The new football pitch would replace an existing grassed playing field and would be designed to accommodate a variety of youth pitches and training areas.

It is believed the new facility would be used by over 30 grassroots organisations for training and games, allowing them to stay within Chippenham.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: The existing grass pitchThe existing grass pitch (Image: Chippenham Town Council)

The plans come after the town council and Wiltshire FA identified a need for the new facility to meet growing demand in the area.

Research by the town council found that some grassroots adult and youth teams are “completely unable” to use Stanley Park during peak hours, while others have certain teams who cannot access pitches.

Some of these clubs and teams have had to travel to Calne, Corsham, Melksham, Devizes, or even Cirencester to use football facilities.

The proposed development is intended to meet these needs by improving the facilities on offer.

An asphalt hardstanding viewing area and goal storage areas would also be built, and the proposed site would be to the northeast of the existing 3G pitch.