Council considers new sports pitches on outskirts of Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:17 07 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:17 07 June 2016

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New sports pitches are being proposed for the edge of Exmouth.

The sites, located in Lympstone parish, are at Courtlands Cross, and in Hulham Road opposite Kings Garden and Leisure.

The proposals are part of East Devon District Council’s (EDDC) draft sports pitch strategy for the town, which also includes upgrades and changes to existing sites.

The Courtlands Cross proposal is for two senior rugby pitches, one midi rugby pitch, two adult football pitches, and a minimal clubhouse and parking.

The draft strategy states that the owners of the Courtlands Cross site are hoping to use the land for housing, and would be opposed to sports pitches, and the strategy therefore suggests a compulsory purchase order would be required.

The Hulham Road proposal is for one youth 11-a-side football pitch, one mini seven-a-side football pitch, two mini five-a-side football pitches, and a clubhouse and parking.

The draft strategy says it is not yet known how the owners of this site would react to the proposal, as they have not responded to previous approaches on the subject.

Other proposals include the renovation of the former Rolle College playing fields, for which a planning application has already been submitted by a developer.

A public consultation is currently being held, which will run until July 8.

An EDDC spokesman said: “The council is actively seeking the views of the general public, as well as key stakeholders such as town councils, neighbouring parish councils, neighbours to the proposed sites, sports clubs, the national governing bodies for the relevant sports, Sport England, landowners and other statutory consultees.

“Feedback from the public and stakeholders will help to ensure that the final recommendations for the sports pitch strategies are well evidenced and generally supported by the community.

“The final document will be considered by council members later this summer.

“It is important to note that the draft strategies have not yet been considered by members, who have specifically requested that the views of clubs and local communities are understood before they make a decision on where new sports pitches should be delivered.

“The council is not under any obligation to fund or deliver any of the proposed projects, however it will work closely with key partners to ensure they are realised.”

The full list of other proposals in the draft sports pitch strategy is as follows:

Withycombe Common - extend and improve parking provision and replace two mini five-a-side pitches with one mini seven-a-side pitch.

Exmouth Town - increase maintenance.

Former Rolle College playing fields - allow for development of part of the site subject to a suitable off-site financial contribution towards reprovision of potential lost pitch space elsewhere. Improvements to existing pitches site to deliver one adult eleven-a-side football pitch, one youth eleven-a-side football pitch, one mini five-a-side football pitch, clubhouse and parking.

Warren View - install drainage to increase pitch capacity on site.

Imperial Ground - retain two senior rugby pitches and explore options for improvement and enhancement of existing facilities alongside delivery of regeneration projects.

Raleigh Park - replace grass pitch with floodlit 3G AGP and improve clubhouse facilities.

St John’s Road - improvements to existing playing fields to deliver one senior rugby pitch, one midi rugby pitch, clubhouse and parking.

King George’s Field - improvements to existing playing fields to deliver one youth nine-a-side football pitch.

EDDC says comments should be sent to its Planning Policy team, preferably by email to localplan@eastdevon.gov.uk, otherwise by post to Planning Policy, East Devon District Council, Knowle, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8HL.

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