A sports club in Watford will get a new £1million hurling pitch - after being forced out its current home to make way for the new Health Campus.
Watford Borough Council has been granted permission to build the pitch for Glen Rovers Hurling and Football Club in Watford on the site of former playing fields off Radlett Road.
The council will have to put added drainage provisions into the field and build a new changing block for 80 people to satisfy Sport England conditions after relocating the club off land needed to build Watford Health Campus.
Residents, many of whom suffered extensive damage to their properties in February as a result of flooding, feared the proposals would increase the risk of flooding to their homes.
They also objected to the lack of parking the council estimated the club would need.
Rosalind Reeve, who lives next to Colne River Park, said the amount of money set to be spent to green light the move was immoral.
She said: "The proposed cost of this site is £1million, which is simply immoral with the council cut backs.
"This is a targeted planning application to satisfy conditions of the Watford Health Campus.
"If it wasn't for those conditions, not even £100 would be spent on this field."
The plans involve levelling the existing sports field, removing a large concrete slab, filling in pot holes and providing 18 new parking spaces.
The council has also managed to get permission to build a new changing block for 80 people on the green belt land.
Liberal Democrat councillor Helen Lynch, who spoke for her constituents, said a drop off area should be established along with a maintenance strategy to ensure flooding risk is kept to a minimum.
Radlett Road Playing Fields are located between the River Colne and Radlett Road.
The council previously submitted an application for the fields, but withdrew it after concerns that flooding issues were not addressed.
Committee member, Labour group leader Nigel Bell, questioned why the pitch had to be built on derelict playing fileds rather than finding space in Cassiobury Park or Nascot.
He said with the amount of money being spent to bring a playing field back into use, it was likely to be the best pitch of any Gaelic Club in the country.
Planning permission was granted on a split vote of five to three of Watford Borough Council's development control committee - with Labour councillors Bell, Jackie Conall and Sohail Bashir standing against the proposals.