Green light for school's new sports pitch


Alderley Edge School for Girls (AESG) has been granted planning permission for a new sports pitch on their school field.
The all-weather artificial grass hockey pitch will be surrounded by a 1.2m wire mesh fencing and mature trees will be planted to the north-west corner of the grounds to provide screening.

The hockey pitch itself will not be full-size so it will not be suitable for official matches, instead it will comprise of 4 smaller pitches for use by AESG. A long jump run up and sand pit will be located alongside the hockey pitch.

The Parish Council recommended refusal of this application as there were concerns over; access, parking, over intensification of the site, potential loss of privacy, health & safety concerns, hours of use, commercialisation of the site and loss of amenity with regard to noise.

Sixteen letters of objections were also received which raised concerns about draining and the potential risk of flooding, impact on neighbouring properties through noise and loss of privacy, access and parking impact and commercial use.

The planning officer recommended the application for approval stating "All objections raised by members of the public, and the Parish Council, have been considered. However, the presumption in favour of sustainable development is a strong material planning consideration. The social benefits of this development would demonstrably outweigh the small environmental harm, ensuring the health, activeness and opportunities for recreation within the existing community, whilst reinforcing Alderley Edge as an attractive place to live."

The Northern Planning Committee approved the plans today ( Wednesday, 16th August) by seven votes to two, with three abstentions, subject to a number of conditions including: no floodlights can be used, the boundary treatment is extended to the western perimeter of the site (to protect residential properties on Wilton Crescent) and that there is no commercial use of the facility.

The hours of use will be restricted to 9am to 7pm (Monday to Friday), 9am to 3pm on Saturdays and no use on Sundays or bank holidays.

AESG, Alderley Edge School for Girls, Hockey, Planning Applications


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Kelvin Briggs
Wednesday 16th August 2017 at 4:14 pm
Great news for AESG, healthy lifestyles, activeness and recreation recognised by the ultimate decision makers.

Hockey is a big sport now in the UK with Olympic gold in Rio and over 300 juniors playing here in the village at Alderley Edge Hockey Club.

More full size artificial grass pitches are required to cater for local demand . Alderley Edge Hockey Club invested £500k in its own facility on The Ryleys Playing Field in Wilmslow Road almost 6 years back but still need to rent 3 pitches every week in season in Macclesfield and Wilmslow to support the clubs 20 teams that play every Saturday.

Hopefully the local community and Parish Council will recognise the benefits of sport to the village, and especially to young people in the event of any future sporting related planning applications within the parish.
Mark Scott
Wednesday 16th August 2017 at 10:48 pm
All of the local residents have no objection to progress but the way this planning permission has been sought is nothing short of suspicious. The local residents had no pre consultation and it will affect the tranquility of our location.
I hope this development was worth the damage done to neighbouring relationships with AESG
James MacDonald
Thursday 17th August 2017 at 11:36 am
So you have a house next to a school sports field and it is still a school sports field. You should be grateful that 50 houses are not built on it instead like the rest of greenfields in the area!
Mark Scott
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 at 5:18 pm
Our house is 1 of only 4 down the lane and whilst it is a school playing field it has not had hockey played on it for over 25 years! . The plans are also to elevate one end of the pitch and this will impact on a young family and their privacy the current elevation affords them.
The houses also all suffer from flooding from the school so further development will only worsen it.
I have only touched on 2 reasons why this development will disrupt our lives.
The whole process of gaining this permission has smacked of "not what you know but who you know"