Doncaster Knights submit expansion plans for new artificial pitch and seated stand

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Doncaster Knights have submitted plans for an exciting new development at their Castle Park ground.

The rugby union club based on Armthorpe Road have put forward a proposed development to turn a grass pitch adjacent to the main playing area into a all-weather artificial 3G pitch with floodlights.

Castle Park on match day. Picture: Marie Caley/Doncaster Free Press

Castle Park on match day. Picture: Marie Caley/Doncaster Free Press

The development will also include a three metre high fence around the playing area and a 'lightweight seated terrace' for 100 spectators.

Club officials want to use the pitch as a training facility which will be available to use throughout the year.

The site as a whole has been occupied by Doncaster Knights for a number of years and contains a number of existing grass pitches including the main match pitch which is surrounded by a mix of standing and seating areas, hospitality and clubhouse facilities.

In a letter submitted to Doncaster Council planning officials, club bosses said: "The application enhances the sporting facility that is provided at Castle Park, providing an all weather pitch allows the club to train and play no matter the weather which can only aid a successful team in improving. The proposals do not create any additional floor space and only provides support amenity for the replaced pitch.

"With regards planning policy, the application site is within the Castle Park complex and has no impact on neighbouring properties, the proposed floodlights which will illuminate the playing surface are to be located near the eastern boundary which is heavily wooded providing a natural screen to the village of Armthorpe."