Pitch perfect?

The University of Bath wants to increase the pitch provision on campus for games but what will it mean in terms of artificial surfaces and light pollution?

You can view the proposals online to provide a new recyclable all-weather turf pitch*, multi-use games area and lighting to the east of the Sports Training Village at its Claverton Down campus. 

The application will increase the quality, capacity and accessibility of the pitch provision on the campus.  It will replace 2 unlit grass pitches, 1 of which is unused because it is too small, with a full-sized recyclable all-weather turf pitch and multi-use games area that will provide one basketball and two netball courts.

It will have a capacity of 87 hours per week, which is a 50-fold increase on the current provision.  

The consultation runs from the 26th September to the 9th October and the public are invited to view proposals on: https://www.bath.ac.uk/announcements/proposals-on-a-new-all-weather-turf-pitch-multi-use-games-area-and-lighting/

All comments received will be carefully considered in finalising the scheme design. 

It is anticipated that a full planning application will be submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council in early November. 

Additional Notes:

* The recyclable all-weather turf pitch incorporates: 

  • The most sustainable shock pad available that is completely recyclable and re-processed, and is “Cradle to Cradle” certified; 
  • A single polymer turf that contains no glue, binders, or latex, allowing for one-step recycling;
  • A natural (rather than rubber) infill that is grown, harvested, and re-planted in continuous cycles. At the end of its life, it can be used as a soil amendment for golf courses, lawns and gardens. 

The lighting scheme is Dark Skies compliant and has been designed to the highest specification with carefully positioned columns and a comprehensive control system to maximise efficiency and minimise light spill.