Accrington Stanley have submitted plans to Ribble Valley Council for a training ground facility at Cockwood.

Cockwood, behind Read Garden Centre, is already owned by Stanley owner Andy Holt and plans have been drawn up which feature two football pitches.

“We have spent years looking all over Hyndburn for a suitable area and have been unsuccessful,” said Mr Holt.

“It’s essential that, if we are to take Accrington Stanley forward, the club has a training ground. We feel it is something that is holding us back at the moment although we keep defying the odds on the pitch.

“It is the very early stages as the first stage is to have plans drawn up. We have submitted the application and will see where it takes us.”