Revised sports plan for school

Balshaw's CE High School in Leyland
Balshaw's CE High School in Leyland
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A high school’s plan for sports provision in Leyland – which was met with widespread opposition earlier this year – has now resurfaced.

Balshaw’s CE High School on Church Road wants to create a new synthetic turf hockey and football pitch with floodlights and fencing.

The proposals were first submitted to South Ribble Council in August, but were withdrawn before a decision could be made following complaints from residents.

They were worried about noise and traffic, despite the school assuring them that the pitches would only be used during term time and during school hours, by pupils.

Now, a revised version of the plan has been put forward, which sees the pitches located in the middle of the playing field behind the school, as opposed to nearer the fencing which separates the school from neighbours’


In new planning documents put before the council, it says: “The school acknowledges there will be no evening, weekend or community use associated with the proposal and they are aware of the restrictions on the hours of use due to the proximity of neighbouring properties and the need to limit any disturbance to residents.

“Bearing in mind these factors, it is considered that the proposed synthetic turf pitch and associated floodlights will not unduly impact on the residential amenity or visual appearance of the surrounding area, and the benefits the new pitch would bring to the school are considered to outweigh any disadvantages that the synthetic turf pitch would raise.”

The planning application is set to go before the council’s planning committee sometime in the new year.