Residents fight plans for new school field

Old Leake residents against a development of a field behind their homes into a playing field for Giles Academy.

Old Leake residents against a development of a field behind their homes into a playing field for Giles Academy.

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Proposals to turn agricultural land into a school playing field have been called a ‘nightmare’ by a group of residents opposing the plans.

An application has been made to Boston Borough Council by the Giles Academy in Old Leake to convert the 5.4 acre field, situated between School Lane and Southfield Lane, into a sports field.

Residents set up an action group and petition to put forward a number of objections including concerns over noise, loss of privacy, road safety and parking.

“This will affect residents in the proximity of the development,” said resident Phil Busby. “Those living in Poplar Court are currently looking across agricultural land, but with this development they will be staring out at four-metre-high chainlink fencing.”

The application states the fence will be erected to ‘deflect stray balls’. A gate to keep out unwanted vehicles from the field is also proposed.

The group says the proposed site is also situated on a narrow blind bend.

This has led to Barrie Pierpoint, of Woodland Close, raising safety fears.

“The whole thing is a complete nightmare from start to finish,” he added.

The group feels the school should consider using the community centre field.

Mr Pierpoint added: “We’ve nothing against Giles Academy, it’s a good school, it’s the development we’re not happy with. The school has grown massively – but they are spilling out of their own perimeter into the village and people have had enough.”

A statement supporting the application says: “This enhancement is vital to the Academy to enable it to strive to maintain the excellence it currently achieves in all areas.” Through self-assessment the Academy also considers there ‘should be no great noise impact upon the area’.

The application will go before the council’s planning committee in September.

No one from the school was available for comment.