Falmouth School’s State of the art sports facilities plan approved

After three years of campaigning Falmouth School has been granted permission to build state-of-the-art sports facilities for the community. The academy school was granted permission to build 3G artificial sport pitches and a sports pavilion by a Cornwall Council planning sub-committee on Monday.

Sports director Jem Wallis said: “This is such good news for Falmouth. We have worked with the community for the past three years to get this facility and we would like to thank all of those who have supported us. The future for sport in Falmouth is now secured for generations to come.” The all-weather 3G sport pitches will include fencing and floodlighting, alongside a new sports pavilion, also known as the clubhouse. The facilities would be used outside of school hours by local sports and community groups. The school had argued that the plans were essential for the development of sport within Falmouth.

However, the councillors imposed conditions on the approval, reducing the hours that the pitch could be in use after receiving complaints from local residents. Two of the committee members voted against the proposals. The latest hours floodlight can be used will be until 8.30pm on Monday to Friday, 5pm on Saturday and 4pm on Sunday. During consultations, local residents said initial plans to have the pitch used until late into the evening would cause disruption through noise and floodlighting. Councillors hoped the conditions would limit the impact on local residents.

The scheme had been introduced alongside plans to have land that belonged to the school on Union Corner developed by Westcountry Land. These plans for 104 homes have not yet been put before a Cornwall Council planning committee.