Bradford Academy told: 'Let there be light'

A school ordered to consult with its neighbours on a planned floodlit games area has found widespread support for the scheme.

Bradford Academy wants to relocate its multi-use games area to the middle of a playing field next to the school on Teasdale Street, East Bowling.

But some people living nearby had concerns over nuisance noise and the effect the floodlighting could have on their homes.

Earlier this year, Bradford Area Planning Panel deferred a decision on the scheme and told the school to conduct a public consultation. Leaflets have now been dropped at homes along the side of Lister Avenue nearest to the site in question. The school has also hosted a public meeting and it has carried out a doorstep survey.

An updated report going before the planning panel gives the results of this consultation.

It says only two residents went to the meeting, both of whom had already given a positive response during the doorstep survey.

Of 26 locals who gave their views in the doorstep survey, 25 said they supported the idea of the games area being moved.

The report said on the basis of the survey, it seemed local people were “overwhelmingly in support of the development”.

The school hopes to move the games area to make way for an all-weather sports pitch.

It also wants new, higher fencing to “improve the safeguarding of the primary pupils”.

Its application says the move would bring the games area closer to the school building.

It says: “This will allow it to be used for PE for all years and at the same time provide additional playground space for Key Stage Two pupils.

“This location is a vast improvement on the previous location which is a significant distance from the school building.

“There is the potential for community use; its location allows it to be accessible from the new sports pavilion without compromising Academy safeguarding and security conditions.”

The application is due to be considered by the panel at its next meeting at Bradford City Hall on Wednesday, from 10am. Planners have recommended approval.

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