As you may be aware, CCYFC have been working to secure extra
local space for football pitches for more than 15 years. We recently announced that the club had
entered into an outline agreement to secure additional pitch space to the west
of Green Street. A planning application has now been submitted by the
developers to convert the existing landfill site into playing pitches. This can
be reviewed and commented on the Chiltern and South Bucks website here.
The planning application also includes other elements, such as a driving range
and walking/running trail.
The club would like to take this this opportunity to explain
why we think this is such an excellent opportunity for the club and the
community as well as to correct a few inaccuracies that have been identified in
some communications from other parties.
1) Having our main site much closer to the village
means that many more of our players will be able to walk to their matches, in
fact we will incentivise them to do so. We are also hopeful that the proximity
to the village will have a knock on benefit to the local traders, walking past
the shops after their training or matches.
2) CCYFC currently provides football for 650
children, girls and boys, and is completely run by volunteers. It has a very a
positive reputation within the local area and the football community for
looking after its members and helping them to develop. So much so that we have
a waiting list of 150 players which we cannot accommodate in the current
facilities that are available to us.
3) Given this constraint there is currently no
provision for competitive adult (male or female) or veterans/walking football
in the village. This site would provide the opportunity to provide football to
a broader audience.
4) CCYFC’s plans for the site are not limited to
football, over time we would like the site to become a centre for activity in
Chorleywood, regardless of age or ability. As a tangible example of this, the
plans to include a running/walking path was at the instance of CCYFC.
5) Information distributed to households recently
states that the planning application is for 7 floodlit pitches. Actually, only
one pitch will be floodlit. The total number of pitches will depend on the
final configuration (e.g. number of 5 aside, 7 aside etc.), but only one 11
aside pitch will be floodlit.
6) To be clear, this application and the agreement
to provide pitches is totally independent of the various discussions and plans
concerning houses on the EAST of Gren Street.
Naturally we would welcome as many positive comments on the
planning application as possible but recognise that this is a personal decision
and if you feel strongly either way about the site you should comment on the
application linked to above.
supports the application and believe it will have a hugely positive impact for
members of the club and Chorleywood as a whole.