School’s bid to keep lighting

Retrospective plans for an all-weather sports pitch are expected to be rubber stamped, despite concerns from nearby residents.

Hadleigh High School has applied for permission to retain an amenity light guiding the way from the school and car park to the astroturf pitches at the town’s leisure centre.

The Highlands Road school claims the light is needed for safe access to the pitches.

In the past, nearby residents in Station Road said swearing and shouting from people using the pitches was disrupting their lives, with light during the winter months intruding into their gardens.

The problems with noise got so bad that in April a noise abatement notice was issued to the school by Babergh District Council and the all-weather pitches temporarily closed.

The council has received 12 letters of objection regarding the amenity light with complaints that it is not required and will have a “detrimental” visual impact on the area.

However, the council’s development committee has been recommended to approve the retention of the light as it does not impact on the character of the area to the extent that would warrant refusal.

An environmental protection officer said the light was angled away from residents. The application will be decided on Wednesday.