December 9 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Sports clubs in Hethersett have received a welcome boost after councillors granted planning permission to extend the pavilion.
The pavilion on the memorial playing field will be extended to include additional changing rooms, a meeting room and kitchen.
Plans also include an extra 10 car parking spaces and disabled access improvements.
Peter Steward, secretary of the memorial playing field, said: “The current building is nothing short of dreadful.
“We want to provide a building which is fit for purpose for the community.
“Our application has support from the National Football Association and Sport England.”
He said the committee planned to make the playing field a focal point for the village and they were looking to install CCTV and build speed bumps to help tackle anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Florence Ellis said: “It looks like it will be a fantastic building for people in Hethersett. It will benefit people of all ages.”
South Norfolk Council’s planning department unanimously approved plans to extend the existing pavilion at a meeting yesterday.
The council also received five letters objecting to the proposal, citing reasons including an increase in anti-social behaviour, the location and an inadequate sewage system.
John and Ann Henderson, who live in Park Close which backs onto the field, wrote to South Norfolk Council objecting to the plan.
“The car park runs adjacent to our back garden and is used virtually every day to play football on in spite of having acres of grassed area to kick the football about.
“We can not sit in our garden and relax with friends without the continuous thump of the ball hitting the ground and frequently our fence.”
Other objectors listed reasons including noise and vandalism.
The ground, which is home to 14 football teams and about 10 other sports clubs, was founded by donations after the second world war in order to provide an open space and area for sports.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Steward said: “Myself and Ian were quite overwhelmed at the unanimous support not only for the building but for what we are trying to achieve in the village. It’s nice to know that we have the full support of the planners.
“Now we have to move on to phase two which is obtaining grants and phase three the actual building.”