School’s sports fields revamp

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Playing fields associated with Brooksbank School will be transformed after councillors approved its plans.

Hammerstones playing fields, Elland, will get a new rugby and football pitch, 800m circular cycle track, changing rooms, office building and a 40-space car park.

There will also be a new access off Hammerstone Leach Lane which will lead to the car park, changing rooms and office building.

The two sports pitches with improved drainage will replace the three current badly drained pitches on the site. The cycle track will be for recreational and competitive racing.

Few objections were received in connection with the plans with all seven councillors on Calderdale Council’s planning committee voting in favour.

Councillor Pat Allen (Lib Dem, Elland) withdrew her objection after plans for lights were removed.

“I would like to ask members to consider the fact that if there is any need for an overspill car park when the school has considerable parking. It is only across the road and I would prefer if any additional car parking spaces could be used at the school itself as an overspill.”

Councillor Robert Thornber (Con, Ryburn) was told that the land’s greenbelt status would be protected from any future development if this was not successful.

Permitting the application as per officers recommendation, Councillor David Hardy (Lib Dem, Elland) said: “Brooksbank is a well known academy for sport and one of the leading schools in the country. I wish them all the best in this venture.