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The formal sports and recreation facilities in West Bergholt
are limited in the main to the village although there are plenty
of opportunities for informal recreation through areas of open
space and public rights of way which allow the public access to
the countryside. There are also signed cycle routes in the area
within easy access of the village. In the appraisal of this area
of the plan it has become apparent that it is the open spaces in
the village which are in danger of becoming inadequate to serve
the needs of a growing population and one whose demographic is
changing. Coupled with a need to allow people increased
opportunities to improve their health and well-being the
Neighbourhood Plan has identified the following areas where
improvements are needed:
The adult football pitch together with its associated
clubhouse dominates the Lorkin Daniell playing field limiting
realistic expansion and enhancement of the village hall
footprint, children's playground, Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)
and tennis facilities.
The people of our parish should have access to the very best
affordable facilities both now and in the future. However, the
location of the football pitch limits expansion and enhancement
of family recreation and play facilities sited on the Lorkin
Daniell Playing Field. West Bergholt Football Club has
previously attempted to purchase land for a new site, and to
enlarge and improve its clubhouse but has been unsuccessful due
to the prohibitive cost.
There is a lack of informal recreational areas for ad hoc
non-team-based sports use and too much emphasis on open spaces
being used for football. Even for formal sports use there is a
lack of good "clubhouse" facilities as demonstrated by their
absence on the Poor's Land. Other drawbacks for these areas
include: lack of a zip wire or teenage outdoor play areas and
lack of an adventure playground for children past the age where
they would enjoy the playground that exists. Although the MUGA
is popular, the tennis courts are too few in number to form the
basis for a tennis club which would need three courts to allow
competitions and club tournaments.
Historically the Lorkin Daniel Field has been used by West
Bergholt Football Club and the Poor's Land by Heathlands School
and Bergholt Heath Youth Football Club, on an informal but
mutually agreed basis. There is though, a perceived need to
actively manage the use of the fields to improve their
accessibility to other groups, e.g. fitness groups, family
recreation/social events, etc. and formal arrangements put in
place to ensure, for instance, reinstatement of the fields by
users after an event. This process has begun but a community
policy is deemed needed to ensure this process continues, being
one that requires that the fields are increasingly actively
managed by the Parish Council as Trustees of the fields for the
benefit of the community as a whole.
It is evident that not everything can be accommodated on the
current sites. It is therefore proposed to look for a further
site so that there could be a differentiation between informal
sport and children's play areas and the formal team sports. New
sports areas and purpose-built facilities such as clubhouses and
changing areas could be incorporated into a new site. The
relocation of the football pitch and associated clubhouse to a
consolidated and centralised team and dedicated recreational
sports area, would benefit the entire community. This would
release a significant part of the Lorkin Daniell Playing Field
for improved child, teenage play and generalised recreation use.
The Lorkin Daniell Playing Field and Poor's Land sites would
then provide the opportunity for more planting and seating
together with expanded provision of children's adventure play
area equipment with zip-wires and similar provisions for older
children. Although consultations will need to take place and
funding sought, relocating the football pitch and clubhouse
would open up the Lorkin Daniell Playing Field to more diverse
family uses including providing space to expand the already
heavily booked village halls as well as affording the MUGA
additional space for an additional tennis court and the
provision of an all-weather 5 aside football area. The
children's play facilities could be vastly improved and expanded
to appeal to children of all age groups.
consolidation of sports and recreation areas to optimise usage
would allow the following benefits to accrue:
As a fundamental first step towards future sustainable and
planned village growth it is important to identify and reserve
an area that can be dedicated exclusively for team or specialist
sports. In meeting this objective any future potential housing
and business development areas could be planned and implemented
in a co-ordinated manner which would not compromise the
earmarked village recreational areas. Any land chosen should be
capable of meeting the immediate needs of football clubs in the
village and be enhanced in phases to meet future sporting needs.
Taking into account the nature and gradient of land in and
around the village, an appraisal of a number of different sites
was undertake. The analysis appears in the evidence report of
such in supporting documents (see Appendix 2).
As the objectives relate in part to the use and development of
land and wider community aspirations both Planning Policies and
Community Ambitions have been developed.
Map PP1/2 shows an ideal location for any future consolidated
team ball sports. This land is outside the settlement boundary
and is used for arable farming. There are several advantages to
Sport and Recreation Planning Policies
New Sports Facilities
Land to accommodate new sports facilities will be
provided adjacent to the cricket club as indicated on
Map PP13/2 as part of the development of Site B.
Consideration will be given to the need to accommodate
adult and junior football, rugby, other team sports,
practice facilities and teenage play facilities. The
site can be developed for sport in phases to meet
evolving demand. The applicant will be expected to
demonstrate how the proposal meets existing demand.
Early discussions with Sport England and the Parish
Council are encouraged.
Sports and Recreation Community Ambitions
New sports activity areas will be developed as
opportunities arise. Consolidation of sports activities
may take place as a result.
The Lorkin Daniell Playing Field will be actively
managed so as to allow improved access to recreational
The Poor's Land will be actively managed so as to
allow improved access to recreational activities.
New consolidated sports activity areas will be
expected to promote a wide variety of sports. Clubhouse
facilities and parking must be provided, and the
facility must have good accessibility to other parts of