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Tennis club serves up second floodlight application

Farnborough Lawn Tennis Club has made a second bid for floodlights around its court after the first one was refused for the impact it would have on neighbours

Farnborough tennis club wants to install floodlights

Farnborough Lawn Tennis Club has applied for planning permission to install floodlights around two of its courts for a second time.

The club, in Tile Barn Close, also submitted a planning application to Rushmoor Borough Council, on September 27, to extend its clubhouse and car park and permission was granted on November 22.

Following the extension application, the club applied to install floodlights at two of its courts, which will amount to eight six-metre high columns, supporting 20 LED lamps.

The private club has a clubhouse, practice wall and four external tennis courts, two of which are already illuminated.

David Hewitt, chairman of the tennis club, said: “The club is a successful one, we have around 150 members altogether, and the idea is that we want to do these improvements so that more younger people become members.

“By having floodlights in all four courts it will be much better for working people, who aren’t able to come to the club in the day, because we will be able to put on more events during the evenings.

“Our members are getting older and we want to bring some new life in to the club.”

The complex is surrounded by a number of residential properties, however the report to the council states that the only property which is likely to be affected by ‘obtrusive light’ is Vienna Court, a two-storey block of flats located within five metres of the tennis court on the northern boundary of the club.

This is now the club’s second attempt at getting floodlights, as they submitted an application in July 2011 which was refused by the council due to the impact the lights might have on neighbours’ living conditions.

The new proposal received three objections from local residents as consultations expired on Monday.

One resident said: “My objections remain the same as they were the last time an application for floodlighting on courts one and two was made.

“My flat overlooks the two courts and the lighting will affect my wife and I as we are early risers for work and the light and noise coming from the tennis players will impact our sleep as we are often in bed before 10pm.

“I also fear that when I come to sell my flat, the lighting will have an impact on the sale value of the flat as well as on finding prospective purchasers.”

Another said that the club is failing in its duty to maintain its grounds and the increased noise pollution and noise disturbance will negatively impact the value of properties nearby.

Mr Hewitt said club members issued letters to 90 of the complex’s neighbouring properties, explaining that they would be re-applying for floodlights, and inviting them to discuss more details and answer any questions on the plans, however nobody attended.

A decision on the application is due by December 23.



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