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Keighley Hockey Pitch Plan Approved

It's for Holy Family Catholic School.

Contentious plans to create new hockey facilities on the grounds of a Keighley school have been approved.

Holy Family Catholic School’s application to build a 3G synthetic turf hockey pitch, club house and floodlights went before Bradford Council’s Keighley and Shipley Area Committee today for the third time, having previously been deferred twice before.

The plans had attracted a large amount of objections from people living near the Spring Gardens Lane school, who feared the extra use of the site by sports clubs would create more noise, and that light from floodlights would spill over into neighbouring streets.

The plans are a partnership between the school and Airedale Hockey Club, and the panel was told the facilities would be used by both the club outside of school hours and the school during school hours.

Members of the panel were told that since the original application had been submitted, detailed studies of the floodlighting plan had shown that there would be minimal spillage of light beyond the site.

Among those objecting to the plans was Keighley Town Council, which was represented at the meeting by Councillor Martin Walker. He said that changes to the plan since it was first submitted were akin to “putting lipstick on a pig”.

He added: “It is still a pig. Keighley Town Council are opposed to this.”

Residents had claimed that the plan was to serve alcohol at the club house.

Officers said that would require the school to apply for an alcohol licence, which would then be decided by a licensing committee.

Chair of the committee Councillor Doreen Lee, said: “I’m certain there would be a lot of objections, and I’d be one of them, if they thought of serving alcohol at a school. I have major doubts that licence would ever be granted.”

The committee then approved the plans.

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