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Vanarama Conference North club Oxford City have submitted a planning application for the laying of a 3G artificial pitch at Marsh Lane.

City submitted a planning application earlier this week.

Artificial pitches were banned in English football in 1995 over issues with ball roll and bounce, as well as fears over long-term injuries, but will be allowed in the Conference from the start of next season.

Conference South clubs Eastbourne Borough, Sutton United and Maidenhead United have already announced plans to install artificial surfaces themselves, but City are the first Conference North side to express similar intentions.

As well as City’s first-team, the pitch would be hired out with up to 35 hours of community use permitted a week.

Assuming there are no unforeseen hold-ups the new surface should be in place for the beginning of the 2015/16 season.

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