A second Preston school has unveiled plans for a floodlit sports pitch while residents do battle to block a similar scheme just down the road.
Broughton Business and Enterprise College wants to build a state of the art hockey facility on its site in Woodplumpton Lane, not far from Fulwood Academy where neighbours are fighting against floodlights behind their homes.
The Broughton application, backed by Sport England, has been submitted to Preston Council and is being examined by planning chiefs.
And its progress is sure to be monitored closely by neighbouring school Fulwood, where a dispute over the use of sports facilities in an evening and at weekends has been raging for several weeks.
Residents whose homes back on to the site in Black Bull Lane have mounted a vigorous campaign to oppose floodlights claiming they will be intrusive. Now Broughton could face similar opposition when their scheme goes before the city’s planning committee for approval.
Residents have until October 13 to lodge objections to the plan which will turn an outdated gravel surface into a top quality floodlit pitch capable of hosting National League hockey games and becoming a centre of excellence for the sport in North Preston.
“A study of the plans indicates that the location of the new pitch with associated floodlights will have minimal impact on our local residents and neighbours,” says a report by Broughton to the planning committee. “Our current surface is unusable from November to March.”