Divide in village over plans for junior footie pitch

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A ROW has broken out over new villagers’ complaints about plans for a football pitch – part of £2m worth of new community facilities.

Windmill View is a new 275 home estate off Green Lane, Clanfield.

Older residents in the East Hampshire village had campaigned against the development but were overruled.

Under planning rules developers must give the community cash under what is called a Section 106 agreement, which must be spent on improving the area.

A dire need for more community facilities was highlighted in consultation with the community before the development was built.

And it was decided by East Hampshire District Council the money should be spent on a community building, a multi-use games area, allotments, a children’s play area and junior football pitches.

But not everyone is happy.

Robert Groom is one of the new residents of Windmill View who is against the football pitch element of the proposal. He said there are several other pitches in the area and added: ‘It’s apparent from the planning application that the pitch will be only a very few metres from nearest residents’ homes, and noise pollution from shouting, whistling and cheering will significantly raise the ambient noise levels at evenings and weekends, when residents will be attempting to enjoy some peace and quiet in their homes and gardens.

‘It’s highly inappropriate to position a football pitch so close to residential housing, especially when there are already other football grounds in the area.’

But dozens of people have sent in letters of support, including John Vincent, of Oak Road, who has lived in the area for 49 years.

He said: ‘Clanfield residents who objected to the Green Lane Windmill View development have been amazed to discover that some new residents of the estate are now objecting to the community facilities being provided there.

‘Prospective new residents were advised of the new facilities, but apparently it hasn’t stopped them sending in objections to planners.

‘This is a great shame as Clanfield has a very successful and thriving football club for both girls and boys and there is a district-wide shortage of football pitches so this one mini pitch will be very welcome.’

The consultation deadline is April 12.