17 June 2014
Plans to install an artificial 3G pitch at Springfield Stadium have been deferred by Jersey’s Planning Minister ahead of a site visit.
The application was referred to Deputy Rob Duhamel because it was turned down by the Planning Applications Panel.
They rejected it on the grounds of the scale and extent of proposed changes to the surrounding community park, including the loss of open space and trees; the relocation of the children’s play area and landscaping; an increase in the parking area; the need for a high fence around the new pitch; the addition of a wide tarmac strip, and overall, a lack of community engagement.
The application by the Department for Education, Sport and Culture argued that creating a 3G pitch would extend the stadium’s use for a wide variety of community, sporting and schools use and for the NatWest Island Games XVI - Jersey 2015.
Deputy Duhamel will visit the site and review the amended plans for potential changes to the play area, car parking area, fencing details and landscaping, and make a decision after consultation with his department