Plan submitted for an artificial sports pitch

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Brighouse High School has submitted plans for an artificial turf pitch.

It is thought that the new pitch within the school grounds at Finkil Street will provide sporting opportunities for 11-a-side football, nine versus nine or seven v seven, small sided football and five a side football, football training and coaching, rugby up to under 18s, mini and youth rugby and rugby training and coaching.

The proposed pitch will replace part of the school’s natural grassed playing field. It’s position has been determined by an original consultation with the community, councillors, officers and a previous planning application for the development of an artificial sports pitch that was granted planning permission back in 2004, which has now expired.

According to the design statement submitted to Calderdale Council, the preferred location choice ensures that the floodlighting for the pitch is sited out of view and screened from the closest residential houses.

Floodlights are needed to facilitate use during evenings and throughout the winter months.

The pitch itself will be green coloured artificial grass playing surface with white and blue coloured line markings for football. The installed appearance of the perimeter ball-stop fencing will be steel open mesh fencing to offer a degree of security. The existing parking at the school should be ample to accommodate users according to the report.

It says: “Brighouse High School continue to provide a variety of sports to involve community participation and aim to increase and develop upon the existing facilities to meet the demand for the wider community along with allowing school users the opportunity for the use of greater facilities to develop and learn within curricular activities.”

A variety of sports clubs and groups have already shown an interest and signed up for continual use of the facility. Clifton Rangers are to be key members, Yorkshire RFU and Old Brodleian’s.