Knebworth Park Cricket Club plans spark planning battle
PUBLISHED: 12:06 25 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:06 25 February 2014
Plans to relocate a village cricket club have sparked anger among villagers.
Knebworth residents packed out a planning meeting last week to discuss proposals for the relocation and expansion of Knebworth Cricket Club.
The club wants to move onto new grounds in the Knebworth House estate opposite the Lytton Arms in Park Lane.
If planning permission is granted by North Herts Council the village’s branch of the pony club would be “homeless”, it was claimed.
Trish Griffiths told the Knebworth Parish Council meeting the land had been used for an annual horse show for at least 30 years.
“We rent the field from the estate, but it is the horse show we are worried about,” she said.
“They have just glossed over it in the application, saying the land is used for grazing. We are about to be homeless.”
The Old Knebworth Residents’ Association has also reformed to fight the proposals.
Katie Tamblin spoke on behalf of the group, and told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “There are a lot of different views, some people are opposed to it outright, and some just have concerns about the size. But no-one in the village is completely happy with the plans.”
The application submitted by the cricket club, which is based nearby in the house grounds, off Old Knebworth Lane, seeks to build a pavilion, three cricket squares, changing rooms, toilets and an access road.
Critics raised concerns about parking, traffic increases, noise pollution, wildlife, building on a conservation area, drainage and the appearance of the pavillion.
Graham Fisher, from the cricket club, spoke at the meeting and answered questions.
He said the village’s response had left him feeling “a little bit disappointed”.
A vote on whether the parish council would back the plans or not will be held at the next meeting on March 3, at Knebworth Village Hall.
The parish will then inform North Herts Council, as the planning authority, of its views.
To see how the club has responded to the criticism, pick up a copy of this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out tomorrow (Wednesday)
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