Rayleigh Sports and Social Club have objected to the planning application from Countyside for 500 new homes “North of LonDon Road”. If you hunt around you can find their objection on the District Council Website – it was uploaded on October 17th.
Their objection letter is quite long, but can be summarised by one phrase:
“…an objection on the basis that the provision of pitches outlined in the application is inadequate”
The letter goes on to say:
“…..RTSSC shares Sport England’s view that the provision of 1.61 hectares of land as two mini soccer pitches would not meet additional local demand for pitches for organised sport arising from the population growth brought about by the 772 houses that are planned to be built north of London Road and on Rawreth Industrial Estate….”
“… The Playing Pitch Strategy Consultation in January 2012 concluded that there was need for additional cricket pitches in Rayleigh…”
The club are basically proposing that there should be an additional cricket pitch, an additional full-size football pitch, extra car parking and enlarged changing room facilities, with hopefully improvements to the pavilion, and for the District Council to offer a new longer lease for the club, at the same level of rent.