Academy will work with residents over pitches row

Residents from Rydalside, Kettering, are angry that planning permission has been granted for flood-lit pitches at the bottom of their gardens.
Residents from Rydalside, Kettering, are angry that planning permission has been granted for flood-lit pitches at the bottom of their gardens.
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Officials have moved to reassure people worried about the impact of new sports pitches.

Dozens of residents attended a meeting at Kettering Science Academy on Tuesday as the county council and the Brooke Weston Trust sought to alleviate their concerns.

Last year, people living nearby handed in a petition expressing their fears about excessive noise and light for up to 15 hours a day.

Neil Kitson, from the strategic planning team at the county council, said he sympathised with people’s worries, but stressed the academy had done all it could to lessen the impact, including building a mound and planting more trees in order to catch noise and light from the facilities.

He said: “We take on board the anxieties. We have been back to planning and talked to them. We are satisfied they have followed due process.”

And he said the school would continue to work with residents, adding: “It’s about how they look after the site, the people coming on to it, and the neighbours.”