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Frustrations after plans for Wimborne Rugby Club’s new ground are rejected
1:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
THE chairman of Wimborne Rugby Club has said he is “frustrated” and “disappointed” after an application for a new sports ground was rejected.
East Dorset Planning Committee refused the application for a new rugby club at Ham Lane by 10 votes to two due to fears for its effects on the green belt.
Chairman Mike Moysey said: “Wimborne Rugby Club is entering its 65th year and has already been waiting 10 years for a suitable site, so we are very disappointed and frustrated to hear the application has been refused.
“This would have given us the option to secure the long-term future of the club, invest further in youth rugby and make the club the envy of others in the South.”
The proposed development consisted of five floodlit rugby pitches, a clubhouse and a 170 space car park to provide training space for the 500 members currently based at Leigh Park.
Planning officers and the majority of committee members recommended the application for refusal because of the proposed neighbourhood and sports village south of Leigh Road, east of Wimborne Minster.
This large sports complex has been designed to provide a home for Wimborne football and rugby clubs with eight hectares of other sports pitches and is expected to be implemented next year.
Issues regarding traffic congestion and the glare from external floodlighting were also raised, as the application received 11 letters of objection from residents, but also 111 letters of support.
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