School sports plan back on table despite opposition

Plan: Balshaw's CE High School in Church Road, Leyland
Plan: Balshaw's CE High School in Church Road, Leyland
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A HIGH school’s plan for sports provision has been met with opposition.

Plans to create a new synthetic turf hockey and football pitch with 15m high floodlights and fencing at Balshaw’s CE High School in Leyland, are set to go before South Ribble Council’s planning committee next week.

The plans for the school in Church Road were first tabled in August last year but were withdrawn following complaints from residents.

Now revised versions of the plans have now been put forward. The main difference is the pitch is further away from residential properties.

The application proposes the use the pitch between 8am and 6pm, on weekdays and in term time only.

There will also be six 15m high floodlights and a three metre high fence.

Despite the changes the council has received 22 letters objecting to the proposal and a petition signed by 65 people.

The objections relate to noise, loss of privacy and the closeness to houses.

The application is recommended for approval.

A committee report states: “The proposed hockey/football pitch, fencing and floodlights will not unduly impact on the residential amenity or visual appearance of the surrounding area to the extent as to warrant a refusal of planning permission. The benefits the new pitch would bring to the school and it’s pupils are considered to outweigh any disadvantages.”

School headteacher Jo Venn said: “We don’t want to upset any residents, but at the time same time desperately need to be able to play on an all weather pitch.”

She added that drainage issues with the current facilities mean it can be out of action for most of the window.