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Fears over school's sports area plan
7:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
A HEADTEACHER has allayed fears a playground extension will disrupt his school’s neighbours.
Kelvedon St Mary’s Academy has applied to build a multi-use sports area with a three metre high fence.
Residents are concerned the area will be used at evenings and weekends.
Elspeth Goodchild, 50, of Heron Road, Kelvedon, said: “The school in the middle of a residential development and this area is very close to a number of houses, including mine.
“They have tried to do this by stealth with no consultation with the community.
“There is lots of anger.”
Joanne Martin, of Gadwall Reach, Kelvedon, said: “This development will have a huge detrimental effect on our community, and could lead to increase in parking and traffic issues and antisocial and nuisance behaviour.
“The noise impact will be significant. I have asked for an independent noise impact assessment to be carried out.”
Braintree Council has received 28 letters objecting to the planning application.
Headteacher Mike Walsh said the playing area at the school in Docwra Road, Kelvedon is under regulation size.
He said the application was part of the fact finding process.
He said: “I am sympathetic with the concerns raised by residents.
“The objections stem from Braintree Council printing an e-mail from school that was unclear about the actual use of our proposed surface.
“Our playground will be used during normal school hours and for after school clubs up to 5pm.”
Residents have contacted Witham MP Priti Patel, who has written to the chief executive of Braintree Council and Mr Walsh to seek clarification about the plans.
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