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Multi-sport playing surface planning application

Landscape architects have completed the design and applied for planning permission for our multi-sport playing surface this week.  Our plans can be seen:

We thought about the school's needs and listened to the views of anyone interested, including neighbours, local residents and parents.  Our plans meet our needs and show how we have listened to different views:

  • an all-weather artificial sports pitch, 43m x35m marked for hockey and football, with a 4-lane 60m running track, taking less than one-third of the grass field and located furthest away from all surrounding residents;
  • 3m high, light gauge mesh fencing to keep balls inside;
  • low-spill lighting for all-year round use for after-school sports clubs with switched on/off time and day controls and 'app'-based switching from any mobile device;
  • new planting, including trees to provide natural shade during summer months and enhanced bio-diversity along the southern boundary giving net bio-diversity gain over the lost grass;
  • community use organised around partnerships with well-established local clubs to minimise anti-social behaviour risk;
  • community use restricted to 9pm weekdays and 6pm at weekends to meet the requirements of Sport England while respecting the wishes of neighbours;
  • a travel plan co-ordinator to ensure that community use is accessed using sustainable transport methods;
  • barrier planting to reduce noise and a professional noise study that has assessed likely noise impact as low.

A decision is expected by 5th December.

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