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School wins consent for second floodlit sports pitch

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PLANNING chiefs have given the go-ahead for a new, floodlit artificial turf sports pitch at Lymm High School – despite objections from nearby residents and Lymm Parish Council.
The new pitch is not a replacement for the existing all-weather pitch but for an additional one.
Objectors were not, in the main, opposed to the principle of the additional pitch but were concerned about the impact of noise and light spillage on nearby houses.
But the borough council’s development management committee decided the scheme could go ahead.
The committee was told the new pitch would have perimeter fencing and entrance gates and an area of hardstanding.
Sixteen floodlights would be placed on eight 15-metre high columns.
Lymm Parish Council said it had no objection in principle to the development but argued that the pitch be moved to a position more sympathetic to neighbours in terms of providing screen from the glare of the floodlights.
Neighbours claimed the existing floodlit already caused considerable glare due to light spillage.
The committee was told the development would be more than 60 metres from the main school building, part of which was Grade 2 Listed The nearest house was about 100 metres away so it was not considered light spillage would cause a glare problem.
Use of the field for football would free time on the existing pitch for other sports, such as hockey.

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