A football team has scored support for a new clubhouse.
Hepworth United can build a new clubhouse with a bar on the edge of the village at Far Lane.
Councillors on Kirklees Council’s Strategic Planning Committee deferred a ruling in December and told Hepworth Utd to re-look at the location and size of the clubhouse.
Resident Peter Wilkinson said the club has failed to re-look at it and said while greenbelt policy could be ignored for sporting purposes, a licensed “bar isn’t for sport.”
Roger Williams added that a bar would lead to more traffic and the “football club’s solution to this is to build a larger car park.”
Richard Southam said it would affect the “peace and tranquillity” of residents.
Hepworth Utd own the land and has used it for 20 years. They say no other suitable local site could be found. The club has increased the number of parking spaces by 13 to 53 to deal with highways issues.
Abbie Iggleden, of Hepworth United Ladies, said women faced delays for a post-match shower as all the officials are male and they have shared facilities.
She added: “If we want to continue to develop we need new club facilities.”
Under 11 manager David Wood added: “Boys and girls in my team turn out in all weather... it is genuinely heartwarming in the days of computer games.”
Two ward members, Clr Donald Firth and Clr Ken Sims, spoke against the plan.
Clr Nigel Patrick, the third ward councillor, said: “I am in support of a community club like Hepworth Utd which is providing opportunities for young people. They have 170 junior members. We need to support the ambition of this club.”
Clr Andrew Cooper moved approval, seconded by Clr Paul Kane and backed by the panel of Clrs Graham Turner, Steve Hall, Andrew Pinnock Tony Brice and Bill Armer.
Clr Hall, committee chair, said it would make a big difference for player to change in “clean, tidy and modern facilities.”