Eltham's football club is disappointed their proposal to develop Taumata Park has been put on ice.
Earlier this week South Taranaki District Council voted to halt the proposal, that would move the town's rugby team off a pitch it has held for more than a century, in favour of further consultation.
Despite backing from its community board, which undertook surveys, informal meetings and board discussions, both teams will have to wait until next year to hear their fate.
Eltham AFC president Brendan Coles said although they were disappointed, they were determined to get their proposal across the line.
Mr Coles said their current pitch, at Taylor Park, was a "mud patch" that stymied growth. They simply have to move.
He said while he agrees the Kaponga clubs need to be consulted more, their vision for the space would create a community facility.
Mr Coles said their tight-knit club would also expand into the adjacent Saunders Park, which was currently unused.
Eltham Rugby and Netball Club president Tony Arnold said until recently the club didn't know how dire their situation was and were now fully engaged in the consultation process.
"We didn't realise how enthusiastic they were to get out of where they are," he said.
"We have done our fair share of work there, and it's a bit annoying that we could now be pushed out."
But Mr Arnold said they were still willing to negotiate.
Consultation with all affected groups will begin in the next few weeks and a report will be drawn up for council early next year.
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