Village cricket club reveals plans to move to permanent new home ground

PUBLISHED: 13:00 21 August 2017

The cricket club wants to create a new ground to the rear of Mark First School.

The cricket club wants to create a new ground to the rear of Mark First School.

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A new cricket ground and pavilion could be built in a Somerset village.

Mark Cricket Club has applied to Somerset County Council for full planning permission to create a pitch and pavilion to the rear of Mark First School in The Causeway.

The proposed pavilion includes room for two changing rooms, a tea room, showers and a kitchen while the plans also include the creation of car parking and drop-off space at the school.

The club bought the land in 2014 in its efforts to build a permanent home so it can leave its current ground in Vole Road where temporary buildings are used for changing and catering, and there are no showering facilities.

An earlier application for the site had been submitted four years ago, but this lapsed due to lengthy discussions between the club and Somerset County Council.

The application’s design and access statement says: “The previous proposal incorporated a joint venture with the nearby primary school to assist with the alleviation of the severe traffic problems that the school experiences during drop-off and pick-up times.

“Through exhaustive negotiations with the primary school and Somerset County Council, agreement has now been met with regards to the implementation of this scheme.

“Unfortunately such time has lapsed that the planning application previously approved has also lapsed.

“The proposal to relocate the village cricket club in isolation holds significant community benefits.

“The proposal will provide an opportunity for the village to continue its long-established village cricket team.

“Furthermore, being located immediately adjacent to the school, Mark Primary School will be able to enjoy the facilities offered.”

Mark Cricket Club was founded in 1885 with the village’s cricket festival believed to be an early version of the current harvest home.

During its 132 year history, the club has been based at sites including The Causeway and Dutch Road, as well as spending a number of years playing matches in Burnham and Highbridge at both St Dunstan’s School and King Alfred School.

The consultation period for this application expires on September 5.

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