Godalming gets New Sport Hall
Godalming in Surrey is to buy a brand new sports hall, because of a effective planning appeal by Godalming College. The College was based on sport and leisure consultants PMP within the appeal, with PMP's Director of Consulting, Marcus Kingwell, serving as expert witness on sports pitch matters. The College's proposal would be to develop of the section of surplus playing area to supply 49 houses. The earnings in the development covers a brand new dual use sports hall as a Criminal record check office and a brand new science center.
The requirement for the sports hall continues to be recognized inside a leisure needs survey for Godalming, which PMP began on account of Waverley Borough Council in 1999. PMP subsequently began playing pitch methods which recognized the surplus of sports pitches within the area. Among the key issues for that inspector in the inquiry, therefore, ended up being to judge whether the advantages of the expansion outweighed any harm developing from losing area of the playing area. He supported this conclusion.
Marcus Kingwell of PMP stated: "Godalming includes a lengthy established requirement for a sports hall and also the College provides the perfect location. But playing fields are precious assets and therefore are, quite appropriately, protected by PPG17 along with other guidance. By mentioning to PMP's leisure needs study and playing pitch methods, the inspector had all of the right information to create this taken into consideration decision which ensure maximum overall help to the neighborhood community."