Planning approval means work can kick off on King George V football hub

Updated plans for a football hub at King George V playing fields in Cosham, have been approved by planners.

Portsmouth City Council is working in partnership with the Football Foundation, Hampshire FA, and contractors on the football hub, to develop youth and adult football in the city.

The updated plans were put in place to ensure that the scheme remains affordable with a slightly reduced size pavilion building, and a change to its external appearance.

The football hub will have changing facilities, café space and toilets, in addition to artificial grass pitches marked up to provide a variety of pitch options. There will still be plenty of grass football pitches available on the rest of the playing fields.

You’ll see hoarding and fencing put up in preparation for investigation works. They aim to minimise disruption as much as possible and apologise for any inconvenience this work may cause.

Cllr Steve Pitt, Portsmouth City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure & Economic Development, said: “We’re pleased to receive this updated planning permission, as it’s important for us to provide an affordable football hub, without compromising on the artificial grass pitches.

“This is a much-needed development for the north of the city and will enable more children and adults to participate in football, whatever the weather.”