The go-ahead for a new ground for Horsham Football Club would ‘trigger’ a new lease for a popular sports and social club, it was said this week.
The Holbrook Club, in North Heath Lane, faced an uncertain future following a dispute between itself and its landlords, Horsham FC, in June.
A joint statement was released by both parties on Monday (October 24) on the football club’s Facebook page announcing a new 25 year lease had been agreed.
However, the future of the lease is dependent on planning permission being approved for a new ground at Hop Oast.
The statement reads: “We are pleased to announce that terms for a new 25 year lease have been agreed and we are working together on the paperwork to remove the eviction notice. This is an important step in securing the long term future of The Holbrook Club and Horsham Football Club, allowing for the preservation of existing sporting facilities and the opportunity for the development of new ones.
“The focus now is to work together to secure planning permission for a new home for Horsham FC, which is important to many residents of Horsham & District and will trigger the new Holbrook Club lease.”
Revised plans for a new ground at Hop Oast were unveiled by the football club this summer, but so far have not been submitted to Horsham District Council.
They were described as the club’s ‘last chance to find a new home’ after two previous applications, at Hop Oast and the Holbrook Club, were rejected by councillors.
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