FARNBOROUGH Town Football Club is gearing up to expand its ground after being given the green light by planners last week.

Structural engineers and a firm of architects have been appointed to mastermind the construction of a 388-seater stand and new terracing.

New turnstiles, toilets, a ground control room and floodlight pylons have been included in the blueprint for the Cherrywood Road ground.

Rushmoor Council's planners gave the scheme the go-ahead on condition that a new car park is provided within two years of the start of the ground development.

The work, which will bring the ground up to Football League standards, will increase the capacity from 4,163 to 6,000 spectators.

But the club's hopes of attracting anywhere near that number seem a long way off.

Currently languishing near the bottom of Nationwide Conference, and already 12 points behind the leaders, home matches currently attract fewer than 1000 supporters.

Having given the expansion their approval - despite protests from nearby residents - the council is now waiting for an application from the club to help fund the work.

Coun David Clifford, leisure portfolio holder, said the council had already agreed to consider a request for financial help.

"We would have to receive details of the club's financial situation before any money is handed over," he added.

The council would also have to be satisfied that it was not wasting taxpayers' money.

Exactly how much the scheme will cost will not be known until the tendering process is completed.