Casebook: Appeal case - Leisure and entertainment - Football academy building judged incongruous

A steel-framed building clad in PVC and housing an indoor sports academy for Preston North End Football Club has been rejected because of its harmful impact on the area's character and appearance.

The appeal site was used by the club as a training ground. The club argued that the academy was necessary to develop the potential of younger players.

It claimed that the building, which would be 61m long and 42m wide, would allow training to take place irrespective of weather conditions.

While expressing some sympathy with the club's aspirations, the inspector noted that the sports ground and an adjacent golf course formed an important open space in the town. A building the size of a small football pitch would be out of character with the area, he decided. The proposed use of PVC would create a further incongruous element, he determined.

DCS No: 100039450; Inspector: Alan Robinson; Written representations.

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