DC Casebook: Leisure and entertainment - Skate park and pitch refused in rural area

A youth group in Rutland has been refused permission for a recreational facility comprising a five-a-side football pitch, a skateboard area and associated works.

The inspector noted that a significant amount of engineering works would be required, given the sloping nature of the site. The rural setting would be compromised by changing the natural contours of the land, he found. In the absence of a suitable footpath from a nearby village, he saw a risk that pedestrians and cyclists would be subject to unacceptable danger. Substandard horizontal and vertical alignments on the approach road posed a risk to highway safety, he reasoned.

DCS Number 100-058-212

Inspector Stephen Taylor; Written representations.

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