School wins support in Spa pitch battle

St Hugh's School Woodhall Spa
St Hugh's School Woodhall Spa

St Hugh’s School in Woodhall Spa has cleared the first obstacle in their battle to build a new £500,000 all-weather sports pitch.

The school has submitted an amended planning application to East Lindsey District Council.

Two previous bids by the school were blocked after objections from residents and Woodhall Spa Parish Council.

They raised fears the development was too close to houses and would lead to an increase in noise and parking problems

Chris Ward, headteacher at St Hugh’s, spoke at a parish council meeting last week and described the all-weather surface as a “fundamental part of the school’s future.”

However, he was opposed by residents who again raised concerns about traffic, parking and noise.

Parish councillors agreed to support the project but called for conditions to be put in place to limit noise levels.

The application will still need to be approved by planners at East Lindsey District Council.

Mr Ward said the new surface would build on the Olympic legacy and allow St Hugh’s to match facilities at other schools.

He said it would be mainly used for hockey and stressed their were no plans for floodlights and assured the pitch would not be available for public use.

Mr Ward added there was provision for extra car parking and denied it would lead to additional matches being staged.

He defended the location of the pitch and said it would be 30.1 metres from the nearest house.

Residents called for the pitch to be located on another part of the school site and said there would be additional matches, but Coun Tim Peacock called on councillors to support the application.

He said: “It represents a huge investment and I would guess the school would not get much change out of half- a-million pounds.”

“I can see the arguments from both sides but I think we should support it, subject to noise conditions.”