Change of use plan

WISBECH Grammar School is putting plans into action to move its playing fields closer to the school.

The National Trust, as land owner of both existing and proposed playing field sites, is assisting the school with planning permission and alterations to tenancy arrangements to enable the land to change from agricultural use to playing field.

Stephen Halls, Bursar at Grammar School, said: “We currently have sporting facilities which include a sports hall and an astroturf at our main school campus on North Brink.

“However, by taking on the lease of the agricultural land and converting it to sports use, it will allow us not only to expand our overall sporting provision but also to consolidate all of our activities onto the one site, making it easier for pupils to access without the need to cross a busy road (Harecroft Road).”

Peckover House property manager for the National Trust, Teresa Squires, said: “Alexandrina Peckover left her Wisbech estate to the National Trust with the express wish that the residents of Wisbech have access to green space for sport and recreation.

“This change of land use fits the benefactor’s wish perfectly, as the school’s existing playing fields are likely to be used by the Acorns Football Club, opening the space up to a new local audience.”

The school will shortly be submitting a planning application to change the use of the currently arable land, farmed by a tenant farmer, to playing pitches. The National Trust owns the farmed land, and part of the existing school playing fields.