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Objections raised to Bradford Academy pitch plans
7:00am Monday 24th March 2014 in News
Councillors are being advised to dismiss residents’ objections to plans to move a school sports pitch.
Bradford Academy wants to relocate its multi-use games area to the middle of a playing field next to the school on Teasdale Street.
But some people living nearby have a raft of concerns including an adverse affect on wildlife, a loss of privacy, traffic congestion, nuisance noise and fears the multi-use games areas (MUGA), 2.4 metre fencing and lighting columns would overshadow their homes.
In a report about the application, Bradford Council officers say: “No evidence has been submitted to show which wildlife will be adversely affected, or what the effect of any development would be.”
Bradford Council’s Bradford Area Planning panel will decide on the application on Thursday.
Sport England has supported the bid and planning officers will urge councillors to give the school the go ahead.
The school intends the pitch to be used by other groups, which has not pleased residents nearby.
Six people from neighbouring roads have objected. Some claim the plans could lead to more “people hanging round the locality on late nights” and the lights could distract drivers on Wakefield Road, possibly causing an accident. But the officers’ report says: “The floodlights will be 200 metres from Wakefield Road and partially screened by existing buildings. It is therefore not considered that they are not close enough to Wakefield Road to distract drivers and so cause an accident.”
It also says the pitch is far enough away from any residential areas.
The report also reminds councillors to only consider planning rules when making their decision.
The committee meets at Bradford City Hall at 10am.
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