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South Kesteven District Council planning committee supports plans for redevelopment of Stamford Endowed Schools sports facilities in Kettering Road

A school's plans to redevelop its sports facilities have been given the green light by councillors.

At a South Kesteven District Council planning meeting today (Thursday, June 3), plans were put in front of the committee for the redevelopment of Stamford Endowed Schools' sports facilities in Kettering Road.

The site currently houses an astro pitch and pavilion but the school would like to improve the facilities following an increase in participation in sport by girls.

Architectural drawing of plans for Stamford Endowed Schools sports development
Architectural drawing of plans for Stamford Endowed Schools sports development

The new plans include the demolition of the existing pavilion, erection of a new sports centre, change of use of agricultural land to a sports pitch and the installation of two replacement sports pitches. Both pitches would be lit by the installation of new 15m high floodlighting columns.

Agent for the applicant, Kate Wood of Barker Storey Matthews, said: "Sports facilities for girls are limited to the current hockey pitch, shared use of the netball courts at the junior school opposite, and a small gym and changing room for 30 girls.

"The proposed development offers the opportunity to enhance sport and exercise for the school and for the wider community but will be restricted by conditions to sporting, exercise and educational activities."

She added that due to covid constraints it hadn't been possible to hold a public exhibition, but the school had invited people to comment on the plans and received a 'positive response'.

The plans for the sports centre incorporate studios for activities such as dance, Pilates and indoor cycling, a gym and changing rooms.

Coun Judy Stevens (Con - Deeping St James) raised concerns about the sale of alcohol at the pavilion and that the hours of operation could be a cause for concern.

However, Ms Wood confirmed that there wouldn't be a sale of alcohol, due to it being a school, adding that lights will be subject to planning conditions which require them to be turned off by 9pm. There are currently no restrictions on operation hours of the existing pavilion and lights, so the planning application gives 'additional control'.

The improved sporting facilities will also be able to be used by the wider community.

Coun Ian Selby (Unaligned) said: "For me there's a feel good factor about this application - I really like it.

"I like the idea of the improvement of the trees on the edge, I like the idea of the community sport agreement which we discussed on the site visit.

"The team GB women's hockey team are current champions, they won bronze twice, lets encourage youngsters to reach those heights. Why not in Stamford? Why not in South Kesteven?"

Coun Ashley Baxter (Ind - Market and West Deeping) echoed comments in support of the application 'especially when we have lost hockey pitches in the district'.

Coun Selby proposed the application should be approved, which was seconded by coun Stevens and won unanimous support from the committee.

The planning application is a dual planning application with South Kesteven District Council and Peterborough City Council. It will also be put in front of Peterborough City Council's planning committee.

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