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WREXHAM SCHOOL: Floodlight plans sports pitch could go ahead despite neighbours’ concerns

WREXHAM SCHOOL: Floodlight plans sports pitch could go ahead despite neighbours’ concerns

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Plans to install floodlights around a sports pitch at a Wrexham secondary school could go ahead despite neighbours’ concerns over light pollution.

An application was put forward in June for LED lights to be put around an all-weather pitch at Rhosnesni High School.

The school said the lights were needed as part of work involving the Football Association of Wales to install a new 3G pitch at the site off Rhosnesni Lane.

It forms part of a wider strategy to improve football facilities across the county borough.

Residents living nearby have expressed concerns that the glare from the lights would intrude on their homes with added noise resulting from the pitch being used at night.

However, Wrexham Council’s chief planning officer has recommended the proposals for approval.

In a report to councillors, Lawrence Isted said: “The proposal is in accordance with national policy on the provision of sports facilities subject to detailed consideration of the impacts.

“Planning permission has previously been granted for a floodlit all-weather pitch, but only the pitch was developed.

“The pitch is in a central location within the school site and the lights will be seen against the backdrop of the buildings.

“The lighting will assist with the provision of high quality sporting facilities at the school with benefits for the wider community.

“With the safeguards contained in the conditions the scheme is acceptable under adopted policies and guidance.”

Maesydre councillor Becca Martin is among those who have objected to the application, along with seven others.

In response to the issues raised, Mr Isted said the height of the poles meant the lights would shine downwards rather than outwards.

He said the level of illumination and hours of operation would also have no impact on neighbours

A decision will be made on the proposals at a meeting of the council’s planning committee on Monday (September 6, 2021).


Words: Liam Randall, Local Democracy Reporter

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