Save Chorlton Meadows Update June 2010

NEW FLOODLIGHT APPLICATION. NEW THREAT TO THE MEADOWS!

June 3, 2010 by savechorltonmeadows

WE THOUGHT THIS MIGHT HAPPEN! After their last proposal was comprehensively opposed by the council planning committee – West Didsbury and Chorlton AFC have now submitted another similar application to the City Council – to erect SIX 15m (49ft) FLOODLIGHTS – this time on the site of their current football pitch by Brookburn Road. The light and noise pollution associated with the proposed development, and more intensive use of the facility threatens to destroy the tranquility of this Green Belt area for everyone who uses it.

WHAT’S HAPPENING? WDCAFC are currently progressing through the North West football leagues. Last season they gained promotion to a higher league, and we believe their application to the semi-professional ‘Vodkat League’ (a further league up) is already in place. In order for a club to compete in this league, their ground must meet certain criteria:

  • Installation of Floodlights
  • Installation of a Turnstile for paying spectators
  • Adequate Car Parking on or adjacent to the ground
  • Erection of Dugouts for training staff (already built WITHOUT PERMISSION)
  • 50 undercover seats (These are already installed)
  • Minimum capacity of 1,000 spectators

REASONS WHY THIS WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON USERS OF HARDY FARM AND LOCAL RESIDENTS: Floodlights on the existing pitch are THE SAME PROPOSAL as floodlights directly on the meadows, except for the fact that they are now even closer to housing.

The floodlights will:

  • Cause damage to the ecological balance of the environment
  • Cause light pollution, disturbing residents and wildlife
  • Have a detrimental effect on the landscape by day – they will be highly visible even when not lit.

The progression of the club through the leagues will:

  • Bring a huge increase in supporters
  • Bring parking chaos to Brookburn Road, and potentially Redland Crescent, Hurstville Road and Hardy Lane
  • Increased noise pollution on Match Days

Clearly the football club has outgrown its current facility and the Council should now be looking at helping to rehome them somewhere more suitable. As proven last time, this is not a suitable area for such a commercial operation. It sets a precedent for the commercialisation of the area.

AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY... Once floodlights are given permission and usage is established in the area, it will be very hard for the Council to deny further applications for extensions of usage, and more floodlights, potentially on the Hardy Farm site. We see this as the ‘drip drip’ approach whereby the developer establishes use, and over a period of several years and successive smaller applications, eventually arrives at their original application, which is what we all fought so hard to stop last year.

Please write, or email your objection BY JUNE 15th:

(if you have missed this deadline – WRITE ANYWAY – all objections will be considered upto shortly before any meeting)

Dave Morris, Manchester City Council Planning, PO Box 463, Town Hall, Manchester M60 3NY

email: d.morris@manchester.gov.uk Quote planning ref: 093164

OR download a PROFORMA OBJECTION LETTER here: Remember to complete the ADDITIONAL COMMENTS BOX to ensure your objection is counted as individual.

The following are further links to information contained in this blog that will help you to a) understand what is happening, and b) formulate your objections.

  • Installation of Floodlights
  • Installation of a Turnstile for paying spectators
  • Adequate Car Parking on or adjacent to the ground
  • Erection of Dugouts for training staff (already built WITHOUT PERMISSION)
  • 50 undercover seats (These are already installed)
  • Minimum capacity of 1,000 spectators

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