Casebook: Appeal case - Leisure and Entertainment - Leisure scheme rejected on sustainability grounds

Plans for a gymnasium, squash courts and nightclub in a former quarry in Devon have been rejected after an inspector voiced concern that the development would draw significant numbers of motorists.

The quarry lay 1.5km outside a town centre where a nightclub had recently closed. The inspector judged that the larger facility proposed would draw customers from a wide catchment area. In his view, the appellant had failed to demonstrate a clear need for the development or that sequentially preferable sites were unavailable. The scheme would increase travel by private car and contravene sustainable development objectives, he concluded.

DCS No: OT100-045-790; Inspector: Mike Hetherington; Hearing.

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