DC Casebook: Leisure and Recreation - Tennis club lights fail amenity scrutiny

A north-west London tennis club has failed to secure permission for eight floodlighting columns due to concern over their impact on the amenity of a nearby resident.

The club provided six all-weather tennis courts, two of which were provided with floodlighting following a successful appeal in 2002. In 2008, an appeal for nine columns was dismissed. The latest appeal involved only eight columns, of which three adjacent to a residential property had been reduced in height to 5m. An anti-glare screen was proposed to reduce light spillage and each light was to be finished in green anti-reflective paint.

The inspector agreed that many of the changes reduced the impact to an acceptable level, both in terms of sky glow and light spillage onto neighbouring gardens. However, he was concerned that three of the columns would be positioned very close to a neighbouring property and would be visible from its dining room, lounge, three bedrooms and garden. In his opinion, they would have an overbearing and adverse impact on the residents' visual amenity.

DCS Number 100-064-664

Inspector Michael Ellison; Written representations

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