New £1 million floodlit 3G football pitch for Peterborough in major doubt

Former Brookside playing fields EMN-151014-143142009
Former Brookside playing fields EMN-151014-143142009
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Proposals for a new £1 million floodlit football pitch backed by leading sports bodies is now in tatters.

City councillors refused to budge on demands made by Sport England and the Football Association to agree longer opening hours for a 3G pitch and refurbished pavilion at Brookside, by Fulbridge Road and Storrington Way in Werrington.

Planning committee members unanimously agreed that operating hours from 9am to 9pm, Monday to Friday, and 10 to 7.30pm on weekdays was unacceptable as it would impact heavily on the amenity of neighbouring residents.

The pitch would have been used by Voyager Academy, the applicant for the development, two local football clubs and community groups.

Councillors agreed last month that the all-weather pitch could be built, but only if the hours of use were from 9am to 7.30pm on weekdays and 10am to 7pm at weekends.

That was unacceptable to Sport England and the FA-funded Football Foundation, the development’s major financial backers, which warned they would pull out if longer hours were not agreed in the newly-submitted application.

Councillor Darren Fower, member for Werrington South, told committee members on Tuesday: “You’ve got to stick to your guns. You’ve made your decision. I really do hope you can avoid this bullying technique.”

A statement from Scott Hudson, principal of Voyager, read: “Peterborough is a city that’s ambitious, forward thinking and opportunities like this should be grasped.”

However, councillors refused to alter their original decision.

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