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New flood lights proposed at Cheddleton Sports complex

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 14, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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A COMMUNITY sports complex recently presented with a rare award marking its lack of light pollution has applied to erect 12 floodlights.

The John Pointon and Sons Sports and Recreational Facility Charitable Company has submitted a planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for permission to erect the lights at the site in Cheadle Road, Cheddleton.

The plans involve erecting the lighting columns and floodlights surrounding two multi-functional areas and one playing pitch.

A design and access statement said: "The charity business plan seeks to maximise the major asset stream, which in this case represent the full size FA standard pitch grass pitch and the state of the art third generation (3G) synthetic pitch.

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"The charity has therefore considered the installation of lighting to enable use out of daylight hours. The application has been prepared with the aim of satisfying two important criteria, which are to minimise disturbance to residents and to safeguard the sports and recreation facility award for limited light spillage.

"In order to mitigate concerns from local residents and to utilise the much needed revenue, while at the same time being sympathetic to neighbours, the application proposes the use of the main pitch up to 10pm on two occasions a week and up to 8pm on Saturdays, and the 3G pitch up to 10pm Monday to Fridays and 8pm on Saturdays."

The facility has recently been presented with the British Astronomical Association's (BAA) Campaign for Dark Skies Good Lighting Award.

The statement adds that the proposed lighting strategy had been designed to minimise light spillage beyond the playing surfaces.

The application proposes the erection of six 10 metre (33 feet) lighting columns on the outskirts of two small training pitches, and a further six 13.5 metre (44 feet) high columns around the larger outdoor playing field.

Technical data submitted with the application states that the Challenger 1 lights proposed give excellent light control which reduces light overspill.

They are designed for outdoor sports grounds and smaller sports stadiums where light control is an essential requirement.

The complex occupies the site of the former Beresford's bus depot which had been derelict for more than 20 years.

The 10-acre site remained dormant until around eight years ago, when discussions began to transform the site into a community sports and recreational facility.

Although John Pointon and Sons has financed the construction of the facilities, the ownership and management of the site has been placed in the hands of a dedicated charitable company consisting of local residents, councillors and representatives from local sport groups.

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