Public consultation begins on plans for Birchwood Secondary School to build a sports and leisure complex on the site of Pearse House in Bishop’s Stortford
Birchwood Secondary School hosted members of the community to view its plans for a multi-million pound sports and leisure complex.
Parsonage Lane Secondary opened last Thursday (July 15) to launch its public consultation as it plans to develop an eight-acre site it owns opposite the school on the grounds of the Pearse development House off Dunmow Road.
The state-of-the-art facility will include a lighted artificial football pitch with spectator stands, a mountain bike/cyclo-cross track, a low-light, traffic-free running track and a pavilion that will house a multi-purpose sports hall, changing rooms and a space designed for social and artistic activities as well as fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates and spinning.
It could also become the new home of Bishop’s Stortford Football Club, with British Cycling and British Triathlon looking to get involved.
During the exhibit, members of the public were able to view site plans, elevations and a 3D flyover. Architects Wilby & Burnett were present and were joined by Abacus Floodlighting and MAS Environmental (Acoustics) to provide further details.
“We were delighted to welcome members of the town to build on three meetings we have already had with our closest neighbours,” said Birchwood Assistant Manager and Project Manager Charles Gilbank.
“Legitimate concerns have been raised about other developments, parking issues, noise and light.
“But we are confident that with careful thought and planning, we can work with local people to deliver a successful project that will provide a wide cross-section of the population of Bishop’s Stortford with the opportunity to access community sports facilities in the highest quality order, with a huge added benefit for the students of our school.”
The plans can be viewed and commented on by visiting www.birchwoodonline.co.uk/consultation_dpf until September 6.