School sports fa­cil­i­ties given go-ahead

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News -

A SCHOOL has been given the goa­head to build ad­di­tional sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties de­spite con­cerns from nearby res­i­dents.

Queen El­iz­a­beth’s Hospi­tal school can now move for­ward with its plans to re­place grass sports pitches with ar­ti­fi­cial sur­faces at its sports ground in Fai­land, North Som­er­set.

The pro­pos­als in­cluded an all­weather hockey pitch and four tennis or net­ball courts, as well as flood­light­ing, perime­ter fences and stor­age ar­eas.

North Som­er­set Coun­cil’s plan- ning com­mit­tee ap­proved the scheme at a meet­ing on Wed­nes­day.

This was de­spite ob­jec­tions from more than a dozen lo­cal res­i­dents, as well as Long Ash­ton Par­ish Coun­cil and the two ward coun­cil­lors who sit on the plan­ning com­mit­tee.

The main ob­jec­tion re­lated to the pro­posed lo­ca­tion of the hockey pitch, which would be built on the far north west cor­ner of the site just a stone’s throw away from res­i­dents liv­ing at Long­wood Or­chard and di­rectly across from those liv­ing at Long­wood House.

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