FC CLACTON could be on the move to a new, purpose-built ground.

Plans have been submitted to Tendring District Council to move to a new facility opposite their existing Rush Green Bowl base, in Rush Green Road.

The proposed ground would form part of a new development that would also include further junior and practice pitches for use by the club, the development of up to 100 houses and provision of 2.1 hectares of public open space. There will also be a car park with space for up to 100 vehicles.

FC Clacton co-owner Stephen Andrews said in a statement: "We are finally able to share some very exciting news.

"Most people will know of the problems associated with our ground being built on a former landfill site.

"Tens of thousands of pounds have been spent over the years trying to improve the pitch and ground, but there are inherent problems that we can't overcome.

"In recent years the ground movement has been significantly worse and it is simply not fit for purpose.

"It probably never has been since we were forced there in 1987 and we doubt if it ever could be.

"So we are extremely excited to announce a possible move to a new purpose built site on the other side of Rush Green Road, and a formal planning application has now been submitted to Tendring District Council.

"As a not-for-profit community based club, we very much hope that this application is successful and that we can then deliver football and social opportunities for our 300+ players in the way we dream of and want to; from new, purpose-built facilities we can all be proud of."

Stanfords of Colchester announced that following discussions with Tendring District Council's planning department, the application had been submitted on behalf of Brown and Meek Partners, together with FC Clacton.

The proposed land is shown within the Local Plan Preferred Options Consultation document as part of the Green Gap that extends from Rush Green Road to West Road.

The housing would be on land at the northern part of the site and up to 100 dwellings are envisaged, with a mix of two, three and four-bed dwellings.

A press release by Stanfords of Colchester said: "FC Clacton have not enjoyed the best of seasons.

"However, plans for their forthcoming 125th anniversary will hopefully start with promising news of a new future at their own ground.

"The land owners are also keen to demonstrate that unlike most residential development proposals submitted to the council in the last couple of years, this scheme will be developed in tandem with the provision of an important facility for the local community."

Clacton currently lease the Rush Green Bowl and have played there since moving from their Old Road site in 1987.