Town Council Apply for Permission to Improve Sports Facilities at Tithe Farm

  • Houghton Regis Town Council has applied for planning permission for a Sports Facility at Tithe Farm. The aim is to upgrade an existing grass pitch to a floodlit  Football Turf Pitch, a new additional pavilion building and additional car parking.

From the Design and Access Statement, “the proposal is as follows: 
• Replacement of the existing part-dilapidated pavilion with a new building containing new welfare facilities.
• Construction of a new artificial pitch with LED floodlighting.
• Improved car parking/infrastructure.
• Improved layout of grass pitches to improve capacity for sports.

The statement continues, “The maximum number of occupants across the whole site at any one time will not increase above what is already in place as a grass football pitch. This project will only enable and increase the hours that one full-size pitch can be used by providing a surface suitable for all-weather/seasons and floodlights.”

The development would include secure fencing to the perimeter of the new artificial sports pitch, 4.5m high and a matching fence would be installed to the pitch spectator zone, at 1.2m high with an integral handrail. 

Proposed floodlight columns would be 15m high, following guidance from the Football Foundation. Lighting would be timer-controlled and be energy-efficient LED.

The existing concrete car park hardstanding will be resurfaced with tarmac and line marking. The proposed extended car parking area will use a  recycled plastic interlocking cellular paving product with loose stone fill that is robust enough for coaches and HGVs but allows groundwater infiltration and encourages grass growth within the cells.

Cycle shelters would be installed to provide a sustainable transport option for site users. 

The application has received pre-planning advice from Central Bedfordshire Council Planning Department. 

Local football clubs, societies and user groups have been consulted and the scheme has received positive feedback to date.

The proposed block plan: Link to larger document.

Proposed Football Development Centre: Link to larger document

For further information see the documentation on the Central Bedfordshire Planning Portal (links below).

Application Type: Full Application
Date Received: 20 / 08 / 2021
Registration (Validation) Date: 20 / 09 / 2021
Consultation Start Date: 20 / 09 / 2021
Earliest Decision Date (Consultation Period Expires): 10 / 11 / 2021
Target Date for Decision: 20 / 12 / 2021
Location: Tithe Farm Recreation Ground, Tithe Farm Road, Houghton Regis, LU5 5JF
Documentation: Cbstor link 
Submit a Public Online Comment: Webform link

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