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RGS launches appeal against rejected pitch plan
A SCHOOL has launched an appeal against a council’s decision to refuse its application to construct a floodlit astro-turf pitch.
The Royal Grammar School had its proposal for the all-weather pitch and an additional rugby pitch on playing fields in Hamilton Road thrown out by Wycombe District Council’s Planning Committee.
With the vote tied at six-all, committee chairman Cllr David Johncock sealed the plan’s fate with the deciding vote at August’s meeting.
Councillors rejected the scheme on the grounds that the proposed hours of operation, floodlighting and the plan to raise the ground level to make way for a rugby pitch would be to the detriment of residents.
It sparked celebrations from residents who campaigned against the facility as the additional traffic, floodlights and noise after school hours would disturb their quiet neighbourhood.
But the RGS is refusing to accept the committee’s decision lying down and has submitted an appeal to the Secretary of State.
Stephen Downing, who lives in Amersham Hill Gardens which backs on to field where the pitch would be built, expects the residents’ campaign to continue.
He added: “I haven’t spoken to the group or my neighbours yet but I would image we would have to submit something as no response is taken as a message of capitulation.”
The appeal will be determined during an informal hearing before the Planning Inspectorate. All representations must be made by October 8.
Visit www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs for more information.
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