Bristol school’s sports pitch plan will ‘benefit’ North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 February 2017

The school hopes to create a new pitch.

The school hopes to create a new pitch.

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Plans to build a new 4G sports pitch in Failand have been revealed.

Bristol Grammar School has applied to North Somerset Council for permission to create new facilities off Clevedon Road.

The proposed facilities also include the installation of six floodlights, two spectator stands and an eight-lane cricket practice pitch.

The school already owns tennis courts, 14 grass and artificial pitches, and a 300-person capacity pavilion at the site.

It has also been confirmed that the facilities will be made available for use from 6.15-9.30pm on weekdays and 10am-6pm on Sundays for community groups – providing planning permission is granted.

The application’s planning statement says: “Bristol Grammar School itself is in need of facilities for poor-weather rugby and football use, and neither of the current artificial pitches is capable of use for rugby training or playing.

“The grass pitch availability at the site is susceptible to adverse weather, which significantly disrupts the main autumn term’s sport for pupils.

“There is an increasing need for artificial full-size pitches within Portishead, Clevedon, Nailsea and Easton-in-Gordano and Long Ashton, so it is anticipated that the new 4G pitch will be available for dual community use outside school hours and will thus also be a clear benefit to the local community.

“The proposed pitch and ancillary facilities are essential components in facilitating both the pursuit of excellence in competitive sport and the provision of adequate opportunity of participation for all pupils.”

The consultation period for the application is due to end on February 21.

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