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Permission secured for new hockey facilities in the Green Belt for Cambridge University and City Hockey Club.   
23 June 2017 | Posted by Sophie Pain
Hockey clubs and the University of Cambridge benefit from permission to enable the expansion of hockey facilities at the University Sports Ground.

Beacon Planning successfully won a tender to provide their planning consultancy services to the University of Cambridge in September 2016.

Due to the growing popularity of hockey and the regional success of Cambridge City Hockey Club, the University were seeking planning permission to construct a further two floodlit artificial grass pitches at their site in Wilberforce Road, Cambridge to cater for growing demand.

The sensitive location of the site, within the Green Belt and on the edge of Cambridge meant that a comprehensive set of supporting technical studies were required. Beacon Planning were responsible for appointing and managing the technical team which extended to 8 disciplines.

Early engagement with Cambridge City Council was carried out to establish the principle of development within the Green Belt. Given the initial technical work that had been carried out, the Council indicated t heir likely support for the proposal.

Beacon Planning organised and carried out a public consultation event in January 2017, which was well attended by residents and members of the hockey community.

A full planning application was submitted in March 2017 and following the collaborative approach with the City Council and local residents, permission was granted by the Planning Committee in June 2017, within the 13 week statutory consultation period.

This planning permission will allow the hockey community to have an established facility serving Cambridge and the sub-region which meets their needs as both community and University teams continue to grow.

The University of Cambridge stated that ‘Beacon successfully guided us to an approved planning application which had to encompass extensive local engagement on a very sensitive application with Noise, Light, Environment and Traffic issues being very contentious to the local area.

Beacons provided support to the University and the sports Department for local consultation and exhibitions to assist with explaining the scheme proposals to all interested parties’.