Rugby club's new pitch plans due before council

Rugby club's new pitch plans due before council

Nicola Hine

Rugby club's new pitch plans due before council

A high-tech sports pitch could be built at Maidenhead Rugby Club if a planning application is approved by the Royal Borough tomorrow.

The club in Braywick Road is seeking the council's permission to install a 3G floodlit synthetic rugby pitch with perimeter fencing and drainage to replace the existing grass pitch.

Its plans are set to be discussed by Maidenhead development control panel at a meeting at the town hall in St Ives Road.

A report on the application says: "The new MRFC pitch would significantly enhance the profile of Braywick Park as a sports facility that is well-established and subject to continuing improvement efforts."

It is recommended for council approval subject to conditions, including time restrictions on the floodlights.

The main argument for the high-tech pitch is that the club's existing training facilities are unable to cope with the demands made by its growing membership, which includes four men's teams, a ladies side and about 600 juniors.

One letter has been received which opposes the plans because of the noise and light nuisance the pitch will bring to nearby homes.

The borough has allocated £450,000 from its 2012/13 budget for the pitch and other remedial work at Braywick.

The report on the plans states that £250,000 is set to come from section 106 developer contributions.

The pitch is likely to be in place for the start of the 2013/14 season if plans are approved.

Other applications due before the panel on Wednesday include:

- Plans for a single storey oak-framed garden shelter outbuilding at a house in Langworthy Lane, Holyport.

- An application for two-storey front extensions, first floor rear extension and replacement higher roof with loft accommodation and two front dormer windows at a house in Church Road, Maidenhead.

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