Plans approved for Richmond School 3G pitch

The new pitch would be build on the school playing fields.

Plans have been approved for a new 3G sports pitch at Richmond School.

The £750,000 all-weather pitch has got the go-ahead despite concerns from local residents and the town council.

The issues raised include impact of lighting and loss of open space. Worries there could be anti-social behaviour at the site and that “cheering, shouting and fighting” could spill out into the neighbouring area were also put forward.

It had been proposed to reduce the hours the pitch would be open to the wider community in a bid to mitigate concerns.

However, the Football Foundation warned that the changes may mean the scheme lost funding of £500,000.

The usage hours are now Mondays to Fridays 9am to 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9am to 6pm and Bank Holidays 9am to 6pm.

Members of Richmondshire District Council’s planning committee inspected a pitch at Stockton Town FC after raising concerns about the proposal at an earlier meeting.

Councillors had expressed concern about a 15ft “gaudy pink” acoustic barrier, 17m-high floodlights and a proposed grandstand.