Consultation on new floodlit artificial sports pitch (closed 19 October 2020)
Eastleigh Borough Council is developing proposals for new community sports facilities as part of the Woodhouse Lane development in Hedge End. These new sports facilities will be available for community use and will be delivered in two stages and as two separate planning applications.
Stage 1 Community sports pitches
Planning permission has already been granted for the Woodhouse Lane development, which will provide new homes, public open spaces and a new 7 form entry secondary school (Deer Park School). Within the development, land has been designated for the provision of new community sports pitches and public open spaces. Proposals for this land include three community grass sports pitches, new footway/cycleway, landscaping and public open spaces.
Eastleigh Borough Council is consulting on these proposals ahead of submitting a detailed planning application later this year. For more information and to comment on this element of the new community sports facilities, go to www.eastleigh.gov.uk/woodhousepitches
Have your say
The consultation closed on 19 October 2020.
You will have an opportunity to review the final plans and comment once submitted application is submitted - via the planning portal of the Eastleigh Borough Council website.
Stage 2 Deer Park School: floodlit artificial sports pitch
The construction of Deer Park School is already underway. Upon completion, the school sports facilities will also be available for community use and hire outside of school hours. These facilities currently include a multi-use games area, sports hall and activity studio.
To complement and enhance the facilities available to the community, additional changing facilities and a new community room are to be provided as an extension to the Deer Park sports hall. A new floodlit artificial pitch is also proposed within the school playing fields. These additional facilities will also be available for community use and hire outside of school hours.
As the new floodlit artificial pitch is directly related to the facilities at Deer Park School, Hampshire County Council is acting as agent on behalf of Eastleigh Borough Council and will be consulting on the proposals ahead of submitting a detailed planning application later this year.
Together the proposals will provide new high-quality spaces for both formal and informal recreation for the local community that will meet both the existing and future needs in the locality.
The proposals are for a fenced, floodlit artificial sports pitch, storage container for grounds maintenance equipment and a 50 seater capacity covered spectator shelter.
Hours of public use:
The artificial pitch will be available for local community groups to hire outside school hours. The hours for public use will be reviewed and agreed within the Community Use Agreement with Wildern Academy Trust but it is anticipated the pitch will be available:
- 4:00pm to 10:00pm weekdays
- 9:00am to 6:00pm weekends
Types of sports:
From a community use perspective, the artificial pitch will meet demand in the local area and be used by local football clubs for training and matches as well as other community groups.
From a school perspective, it will mainly be used for football, but could also be used for a variety of other activities (that are safe and will not damage the surface) for PE lessons, such as rugby training.
The floodlit artificial sports pitch will only be accessed from the school sports hall reception and through the dedicated route within the school grounds (approved as part of the Woodhouse Lane development planning application). Early transport assessment work indicates that the school car park will be sufficient to accommodate groups using the floodlit artificial sports pitch proposed as part of the new facilities at Deer Park School outside school hours.
Eastleigh Borough Council is working with Deer Park School to agree a Community Use Agreement, which will include operation and maintenance of the artificial pitch.
Environmental studies are being undertaken to understand the potential impacts of the proposed floodlit artificial pitch – during construction and operation – so that any significant adverse impacts can be mitigated as appropriate.
Landscape and visual impacts:
In order to assess the impacts of the proposed floodlights on neighbouring residential areas and ecological features - on and surrounding the site - a Lighting Assessment is underway and will be submitted as part of the planning application.
Initial results have indicated that the lighting design for the proposed floodlights complies with and exceeds the guidance for light spill in this type of area. Therefore, mitigation measures will not be required.
Initial results have also indicated that there could be some reflected light impact on ecological features immediately adjacent to the artificial pitch. Mitigation measures to reduce this impact are currently being explored with the project lighting engineer and ecologist.
In order to assess the impacts of the proposed artificial pitch on local residents from a noise perspective, a Noise Assessment is being prepared for the site, which will be submitted as part of the planning application within the Environmental Report.
The noise assessment for football considers noise from referee’s whistles, the players and the spectators. When assessing the noise impact of football played by local clubs, the assessment looks at the noise generated by the game itself as well as noise from spectators. Two scenarios will be considered: a match with 10 spectators and a match with 50 spectators, as the worst-case scenario.
On the basis of the initial assessment work undertaken, significant noise related issues have not been identified, it is therefore unlikely that specific noise mitigation measures will be required.
In order to assess the impacts of the floodlit artificial pitch on biodiversity, an Ecological Assessment is being prepared and will be submitted as part of the planning application within the Environmental Report.
The Ecological Assessment will assess the ecological effects arising from the change in use from a grass sports pitch to a floodlit artificial pitch. This will include potential impacts during construction and its subsequent use as a sports pitch. Landscape planting will be proposed to offset any loss of habitat identified.