Tennis court harms high quality landscape

Plans to provide a tennis court for domestic use in a Kent AONB were rejected because it would appear incongruous and totally out of context, an inspector concluded.

The site lay outside the appellants’ garden and the court, along with surrounding fencing, would encroach into a field by approximately 27 metres. It would appear as an exposed, prominent, visually urban feature which had no connection to the field or surrounding area, the inspector ruled.

Although the appellants proposed to plant a wild flower meadow and to bring 14 acres of woodland under a management plan to enhance the biodiversity of the area, these were not directly related to the proposed tennis court and would have a negligible benefit for ecology. On this basis the planned mitigation was not fairly and reasonably related to the proposed development and the inspector gave the proposals no weight.

Inspector Elizabeth Lawrence; Written representations

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