THE leaders of Worcester City’s league could be forced to demolish most of its £1million facilities after failing to get the necessary planning permission, reports Gurdip Thandi.

Walsall Council planning officers are seeking permission to take enforcement action against Sporting Khalsa recommending the removal of facilities including its main 3G pitch, changing rooms and a hospitality suite within three months.

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Concerns centre around the safety of some of the works due to dangerous ground conditions that needed to be rectified at Noose Lane, Willenhall.

The authority said the club’s main 3G artificial pitch didn’t have necessary permission having failed to demonstrate measures had been taken to deal with a mineshaft based underneath.

Permission had been granted in 2015 for the pitch but that was based on conditions relating to mining and gas remedial works being carried out and had since expired.

A report to planning committee also said changing rooms had been built in a different location of the facility to the one previously given approval.

Other issues identified include the building of the east grandstand, a hospitality suite, an artificial grass pitch, a storage facility, installation of a static caravan and fencing.

The report added that officers had attempted to work with the Midland Football League Premier Division pacesetters, encouraging them to submit retrospective planning applications but failed to do so and continued to redevelop the site anyway.

They now want the council takes strong action to tackle the “harmful” development with councillors set to discuss the matter on Thursday.

On its website, the club said it unveiled plans for a “£1 million transformation of the playing facilities with a new 3G pitch, grandstand and changing facilities.”

It added £579,564 grant funding was secured from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund as well as £75,000 from Sport England.