OBJECTIONS have been raised to the prospect of four five-a-side football pitches and floodlighting at a sports and social club.
The application, which would replace a similar number of tennis courts, has been put forward by the Whitby Sports and Social Club on Dunkirk Lane.
The application is recommended for approval. The final decision was due to be made by Cheshire West & Chester Council last night (Tuesday) after the Pioneer had gone to press.
The club has told planning officers it is seeking approval for the Astroturf football courts, fencing and 16 floodlights on 6m high posts.
Environmental protection officers object as they believe the change from 16 tennis players on the four courts to 40 football players between 9am and 9.30pm seven days a week could affect neighbouring homes.
“Families in these properties may not be able to use the rooms at the front for sleep until the courts close, resulting in a loss of residential amenity,” claims a report.
They suggest this could only be resolved by moving the pitches further away.
Highway officers are concerned about the limited number of car parking spaces and the amount of traffic if the tennis courts are used as football pitches combined with football, rugby, bowls and other activities at the club.
They believe that restricting the floodlighting to 9.30pm is acceptable and is in line with a previous decision to allow five-a-side pitches with floodlighting at Neston Cricket Club in Parkgate where there are also nearby houses.ŠIt is also pointed out an acoustic wall is to be installed.
If approved, the scheme would be subject to conditions including the floodlighting restricted to 9am to 9.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 7.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.