CASEBOOK: Appeal cases - Leisure and Entertainment - Showground allowed at leisure complex

A showground proposed as part of an existing Suffolk leisure complex has been allowed after an inspector was unable to identify any insurmountable transport or environmental objections.

The site was a 5ha field in a leisure and recreational park containing a wide variety of attractions, including golf, fishing, wildlife and domestic animal sanctuaries, a museum, craft shops and a touring caravan site.

The inspector noted that by far the greater part of the site would remain open and considered that the buildings proposed would have little impact on the rural character of the area.

He observed that the site was already a major tourist attraction, was only 2.5km from a primary route and enjoyed a bus service. On this basis, he felt that although some increase in intensity of use would occur on event days, this would not lead to a material decline in traffic conditions.

The appeal was allowed subject to conditions preventing late evening use and imposing controls over floodlight and sound systems.

DCS No: 33004855; Inspector: Paul Brannan; Written representations.

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