Friday, 18 November 2011

New artificial pitch plan for Arden field

A LARGE part of Arden school’s playing field will be taken up under a major new plan for artificial sports pitches.


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Part of the field nearest the school (see red area in diagram, above) will accommodate six tennis courts and running track under the scheme.

It replaces a plan – approved by council planners last month – for three courts and a shorter running track at the bottom of the field.

The school said it would be of “sufficient benefit to the development of sports as to outweigh the detriment caused by the loss of the playing field”.

Through “careful management” the new facilities will be made available by “the wider community” it said.

The ‘multi use games area’ (MUGA) would be surrounded by a fence and would not be floodlit.

An oval running track could go on the remaining pitches along with throwing facilities, lost from the previous scheme, the application says

The MUGA would be used to 7pm in the week, 6pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday.

The new area replaces tennis courts which the school built a teaching block on. As part of the 2005 permission for the block, the school had to replace the courts.

To see full details of the plan click here and enter 2011 and 1780 in the two boxes. Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council will have a final say on the plans

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