Horsham are hoping that agreeing a new lease with the Holbrook Club will help kick-start the Ryman South club’s hunt for a new home.
The future hopes of the Hornets were cast into doubt this summer when club officials were forced to issue an eviction notice on the site which is owned by the club and part of a development plan which would see a new ground built at Hop Oast or another nearby site. Houses would be built at Holbrook in a linked development, helping to fund the club’s new home.
The Hornets, who’ve been playing in exile for the last eight years since quitting their old Queen Street site, have already seen their dreams stall after failed bids to win planning approval for Hop Oast and the Holbrook site but there is fresh optimism after the Sussex club and the sports and social club issued a joint statement.
They said: “We are pleased to announce that terms for a new 25 year lease have been agreed and we are working together on the paperwork to remove the eviction notice. This is an important step in securing the long term future of The Holbrook Club and Horsham Football Club, allowing for the preservation of existing sporting facilities and the opportunity for the development of new ones.
“The focus now is to work together to secure planning permission for a new home for Horsham FC, which is important to many residents of Horsham and District and will trigger the new Holbrook Club lease.”