Trinity Academy was given the green light to turn on the sports pitch flood lights for longer.
Calderdale Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead to a bid from the Shay Lane school, Halifax, to extend the time of lighting up the pitch to 9.05pm Monday to Friday. Previously lights went out at 7pm.
Calderdale Council cabinet member for economy and environment Coun Barry Collins said: “The school wants to make use of facilities through local community use of the sports pitch. In a detailed survey carried out by the school there was virtually no opposition.”
Calderdale Council planning committee received one objection letter.
A Trinity Academy application representative addressed the committee: “The school understands the concerns so carried out a detailed resident survey. I have been in onlooking residents’ gardens at night and they are not affected by the lights as they are angled away from properties.
“We want to extend local community use of the pitches to the wider community.
“The pitches are only open to organisations.
“Public casual use is not allowed therefore limiting noise pollution.
“The presence of a school site manager also reduces concerns about noise.”
Councillors considered potential noise and light pollution put forward by the environment officer.
They agreed to allow the application on a 12 month basis to assess the impact of the 12 metre, above property ground level, on nearby residents, particularly residents dwelling at Trinity Close, in August 2015.
It was agreed that the assessment period should be extended to August 2015 to give a fair assessment of the impact of longer hours of flood lighting during winter and summer sports periods.