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Homes construction at Farsley Celtic football club

Construction of 14 homes on land owned by Farsley Celtic football club in Leeds may help the cash-strapped Blue Square North side pull back from administration.

It went under with debts of £200,000 after the city council rejected an application for 57 mixed properties at its Throstle Nest ground despite the scheme being backed by council officers.

Now Leeds-based property company Chartford Homes has won planning permission for the pared-down development, which will include a two-storey clubhouse and five-a-side pitches.

Councillors cited a number of concerns when they threw out the original application, including the use of greenfield land and too little affordable accommodation.

Spokesman Andrew Carter, the council’s deputy leader and member for Calverley and Farsley, has welcomed the news that the club’s potential financial lifeline has been given the green light.

He said: “This much more limited housing development has met with a positive response from most residents. I think we all know how important the sports facilities and their long-term future are for the area.”