Wiseman project managed the planning and installation of new sports lighting at Lancing College.


Lancing College were experiencing major challenges with gaining planning permission for their existing sand dressed Hockey facility. Due to the location in a Dark Skies area and in South Downs National Park, the college needed a creative solution that allowed participation utilising floodlighting without harming crucial habitats.


Wiseman Lighting presented the college with an LED lighting strategy that reduced light spill and offered significant energy savings and increased reliability, Wiseman’s sister company GrassRoots Power drafted and submitted the successful planning application allowing the facility to be delivered.

Founded in 1847, the college is set in the South Downs National Park; the project required significant environmental considerations, both regarding location and college ethos. In addition; the college is set within a Dark Skies Area and Brighton Airport approach path is directly over the hockey pitch. All points constituting additional planning considerations.

The planning application was managed Wiseman’s sister company GrassRoots Power CIC without an objection. During the planning process the South Downs Park Planning Authority took particular interest, as Lancing College is set in one of the darkest sky areas near to Devil’s Dyke.

“May I pass on thanks from the Head Master, Bursar and myself to you, for securing planning consent for the LED floodlighting schemes on the two pitch areas at Lancing College. We are delighted that you have succeed so effortlessly (at least it seemed so from our perspective!) achieved consent in a difficult location – sitting as we do within the South Downs National Park. I think that your planning submission on our behalf was excellent, and very effectively covered not only the key planning issues but also tricky ecological aspects too.”

Gavin Merryweather

Estates Bursar

Lancing College

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