School announces plans to build hockey pitch
PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 December 2017
A secondary school hopes to build a new artificial hockey pitch for its students and the wider community.
The Kings Of Wessex Academy, in Station Road, Cheddar, has asked Sedgemoor District Council for permission to build the full-size pitch, which would be used by students to play hockey and other sports.
The pitch would be the first one of its type in the village, with the closest one at Sidcot School near Winscombe.
The playing area would be built at the back of the academy and would include floodlighting and fencing.
A school spokesman said: “The astro turf pitch would greatly enhance the academy’s existing sporting facilities and enable students to train throughout the year.
“It would also enable the academy to expand its curriculum and offer a wider selection of courses.
“In addition, the pitch would be available for use by the wider community beyond the school day and would be managed as part of the successful Kings Fitness and Leisure – again enhancing the impressive sports facilities already available in Cheddar.
“If planning permission is granted, it is hoped that the pitch would be installed by next autumn.”
Sport England has supported the application after it was confirmed no football or rugby fields would be displaced by the proposed development.
However, the governing body has said it is important the facilities be open to the public, with the application proposing new access times from 8am-10pm on weekdays and 9am-6pm on weekends.
Cheddar Parish Council chairman Peter Colton said: “The council has wanted an astro turf or all-weather pitch, particularly for hockey, for some time.
“There is no senior hockey pitches available in Cheddar so teams must travel to Wells for training.
“We have not seen the application yet but if it is suitable for all ranges of hockey and other sports then we will most likely be in favour of it.”
The school, which is built on the ruins of an ancient Roman settlement, is also the home of the village’s leisure centre and the Kings Theatre.
To view this application, visit www.sedgemoor.gov.uk and search 17/17/00086.