State of the art sports facility for Estover Road in March moves a step closer
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A state of the art £1.5 million sports facility for Estover Road has moved a step forward with news that it has been granted planning approval.
It is hoped all the boxes can be ticked by August so work can begin by early Autumn.
Clive Lemmon, March Town Council clerk and treasurer of the Estover Playing Field committee, said: “We are delighted that the planning permission has gone through without a hitch.
“The hard work put in by so many people is now coming to fruition and we look forward to exciting times ahead.”
The green light for planning permission means tenders can be finalised and funding applications filled in.
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The sports facility with a state of the art all-weather sports pitch, eight different sized football pitches, dog walker field and modern pavilion could be open to the public by summer 2018.
Estover playing field will be turned into a haven for sports fans with the ambitious project made possible after a committee was set up to make sure the recreation ground was never turned into a housing estate.
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With funding form March Town Council, Fenland District Council and the Football Foundation the 19-acre former March Grammar School playing field will be divided into a three acre fenced off area for general use and dog walking.
There is then an enclosed flood lit area which will cover:
• Two netball courts that could also be used as 5 a-side pitches.
• A single storey pavilion and parking spaces.
• A 3G all weather pitch costing more than £600,000.
Not in the flood lit area will be:
• Two eleven-a-side pitches.
• Two nine-a-side pitches.
• Two seven-a-side pitches.
• Two five-a-side pitches.
• A cricket square will be included if required.
The modern design pavilion will have four changing rooms, each with showers and toilets while lockers will be in a separate room with enough for eight teams.
There will be a separate changing room and toilets for officials as well as toilets for spectators.
The bar, kitchen and community area will be available to hire in addition to being used on match days. and there will also be an office and community club room.
Estover playing field has been on a 99 year lease from Cambridgeshire County Council at a peppercorn rent of £1 a year since November 2015.