Hockey Pitch Protest

Plans for a new international standard hockey pitch in Chelmer Park in Beehive Lane brought protests from local residents at a meeting of the Chelmsford Borough Council’s environment committee. The committee was told that although the application from Chelmsford Hockey Club described the pitch as ‘international’ this was misleading. The pitch was to be constructed to international standards but there were no plans to play international matches there. The application also proposed an extension to the existing sports pavilion and increased parking facilities. Concerns were expressed about increased noise and increased flood lighting. The chairman of the committee said that many of the arguments put forward were not material considerations when determining a planning application. Although the Council officers recommended approval, they agreed to a proposal by Councillor Freda Mountain that they make a site visit before coming to a decision.