BLUEPRINTS for a new 3G pitch have been unveiled at the home of AFC Darwen.

Supporters of a bid to rip up the turf at the Anchor Ground claim such a scheme would ensure the Hallmark Security League side’s future for generations.

And planning agents say the need for more artificial surfaces for football was identified in a 2018 borough playing pitch strategy.

John Bennett, of agents Surface Standards Ltd, said: “The proposal would give rise to a considerable benefit to the wider community through the provision of an enhanced playing facility and the opportunity for usage throughout the year.”

The club is also in talks with neighbours Crown Paints about the release of an under-used car park at the factory, for their purposes.

“The development will enable the site to become a key focal point for the local community and support AFC Darwen’s desire to provide a state-of-the-art playing and training facilities for the local grassroots teams, the local community as well as those teams already associated with AFC Darwen,” added Mr Bennett.

The original Darwen FC was wound up in 2009, after petitions were lodged by creditors. AFC Darwen emerged from the ashes of the 134-year-old club.