Sheffield tennis club loses bid for lights

Coun Keith Hill, Sheffield Council Liberal Democrat member for Dore and Totley ward.
Coun Keith Hill, Sheffield Council Liberal Democrat member for Dore and Totley ward.
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PLANS to install floodlights at a Sheffield tennis club have been thrown out after complaints from neighbours.

Nearby residents said the proposed lights at Dore and Totley Tennis Club, Devonshire Road, Dore, would extend playing hours, which would cause increased noise at night.

Martyn James, who lives close to the site, said: “This application has caused concern and anxiety among the residents.”

The club had sought to build eight 9m-high light columns around its courts – but members of Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board rejected the scheme.

In their report to councillors, planning officers said: “This is an application seeking to introduce floodlighting into a residential area with low levels of existing night-time illumination.

“It is considered they will cause light intrusion towards neighbouring properties and alter the evening/night-time character of the locality.”

Coun Keith Hill, Liberal Democrat member for Dore and Totley, said the lights would have been too close to the back gardens of nearby properties and were an ‘intrusion of people’s privacy’.

He said: “There’s a long history of development here, but this is a step too far. A 9m pole within arm’s length of your property is unacceptable.”

Some 74 people signed a petition objecting to scheme.

Planning permission was approved for the club in 2004, with the condition no lights would be installed.