An astroturf pitch will be built at Radyr Comprehensive School on the site of current grass pitches prone to water logging, after plans were approved by Cardiff council.
The council’s planning committee decided to give the go ahead to the pitch and for it to open between 9am and 9pm, Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on a Sunday.
The opening hours will be trialled for a year so nearby residents can give their feedback after they presented a petition to the committee outlining concerns about noise.
Radyr councillor Rod McKerlich said: “I am conscious of the fact people’s right to a quiet enjoyment of home should be respected. Land is expensive in Radyr. If you want to build any facility, it has to be on land already used for sports. By doing this, we are creating a facility for the school and community.”
Access to the pitch will be from the existing school car park, and low level bollard lighting – 800mm in height – spaced 12 metres apart will line its path.
The pitch will have 3.6 metre-high fencing around its perimeter and eight 15-metre floodlights and no bounce-back boards to minimise noise nuisance.
It is said the pitch will be used by community groups as well as school pupils one of which is Radyr Rangers, who haven’t been able to train on their pitch since October because of water-logging and frozen pitches.
Earlier, the planning committee heard a petition presented by residents seeking to limit the pitch opening hours to 4pm on a Sunday and 7.30pm for the rest of the week.
They said they had concerns about “increased potential for noise nuisance” outside school hours said anti-social behaviour would be “an inevitable by-product”.
Councillor Adrian Robson told the committee he himself lived near a 5-a-side pitch.
He said: “By the very nature of a group of people there playing sport, noise is generated.”
But Llanrumney councillor Derrick Morgan said the facility was not a power league with multiple pitches and gave the plan his support.
He said: “These facilities are well-used and an absolute necessity in many areas of Cardiff. There is so much sport lost through water-logging, to get a facility like this is something for sportsmen to dream of.”
The plan was approved with 9am to 9pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on a Sunday, opening hours for the first year. The pitch will be paid for by £400,000 of section 106 money and an additional £50,000 contribution from leisure services.
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