Green light for Carnoustie football pitches

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Plans to enhance football provision in Carnoustie took a big step forward this week as Angus councillors approved a plan to develop more pitches.

On Tuesday Angus Council’s development standards committee met to discuss a planning application submitted by the local authority to develop two full-sized football pitches on 2.8 hectares of agricultural land adjacent to Carnoustie High School at David Moyes Road.

The site would consist of two 100 metre by 60 metre football pitches, with associated parking, drainage, access and landscaping with a site identified for container changing rooms in the future.

In her report, Vivien Smith, head of planning and place, identified that the development would benefit the town. She said: “The proposal would enhance the sports and recreational offering within Carnoustie and the provision of such improved facilities is considered to be in the public interest. Furthermore, the provision of sports pitches and facilities would provide potential health and wellbeing benefits in terms of increased opportunity to participate in sporting activities.”

Once built, the pitches will be a huge boost to Carnoustie Panmure SCIO which boasts nearly 500 players of all ages and a growing number of teams, and which has been decrying the lack of pitch provision in the town.

Chairman Phil Hope welcomed the decision and recognised that it would not be a quick fix to the problem.

He said: “Obviously we are desperate for these new pitches due to the surge in the number of players and teams at the club. Again this year we’ve had to move fixtures when the athletics track was marked out across both football pitches at the high school. We are encouraged that the council are progressing with the pitches, we just wish they were ready for this season.

“We are also hoping that the potential new housing developers can set aside recreation land that could be used by the club.”

The plan had been recommended for approval by officers subject to conditions relating to landscaping, drainage, provision of cycle racks, archaeological surveys, traffic access sightlines and various other access issues.