Plans for new 3G pitch at Richmond School go back before planners

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

Plans for a new £750,000 all-weather pitch at Richmond School are to go back before planners after a site visit.

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.

Officers at the district council have recommended the application for approval.

But councillors expressed concern about a 15ft “gaudy pink” acoustic barrier, 17m-high floodlights and a grandstand which are proposed as part of the improvements.

The pitch would be used by the school during the day and the community in the evenings and weekends, with Richmond Town FC having priority use.

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

The council has received 32 representations of support for the application, including a petition with 138 names from Richmond Town FC.

The council has also received 37 objections against the scheme, including eight from addresses to the west of the proposed site.

The concerns 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.

The residents’ concerns are supported by Richmond Town Council.

The plans will be discussed at a meeting on April 30.

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