3G pitch passes planning

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The development of a 3G pitch at Blairmount Park, Newton Stewart, continues to move forward after the planning application was given a positive response by the council yesterday.

No objections were received, and the recommendation from council officers was that the application should be passed under a few conditions which are aimed at protecting the surrounding environment.

The application detailed a synthetic grass pitch suitable for both football and rugby. It also included the necessary work related to the proposal, such as the installation of drainage systems, the installation of floodlighting that will be designed to minimise light spillage and several other developments associated with the maintenance and use of the sports ground.

The main potential concern was any work that could have an effect on the surrounding woodlands and the red squirrel population there. However, under the condition that any work in the future affecting the nearby trees was only undertaken following consultation and outside of the normal bird nesting season, along with care being taken with regard to great-crested newts in the area, the report concluded that “the proposal would have no significant adverse impacts on natural heritage.”

The report said that the current understanding was that Newton Stewart Football Club would be the administrators under a binding agreement with the council governing hours of use, lighting, security, bookings and the like. The running of the ground has previously been discussed by the council and many of the groups involved in the project in early June. That meeting examined the potential for the ground being run under a community sport hub scheme, and the main outcome was the decision that Newton Stewart Football Club should be principal partner for the scheme.

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s planning application for two linked portacabin buildings at Barnkirk Industrial Estate has also been recommended for approval. The site would be used by the criminal justice service. Consultations received no objections.

The building would include a workshop, office, mess, meeting and toilet space. It’s intended use is as an operating base for individuals carrying out work required by community service orders.

The proposal includes plans for the provision of three car parking spaces and vehicular access, with conditions related to the recommendation ensuring that this construction would only commence following consultation with the council roads officer. The design and finish proposed was considered acceptable, and servicing arrangements are now only subject to final agreement with Scottish Water.