Charity No 234800
An application for planning permission has been submitted to erect two padel courts on an existing tennis court at the Broxbourne Sports Club. The drawings (see below for links to downloadable PDFs) show a 8.25m high structure which is 43.3m long, with white canvas walls and roof, and with the court enclosure to be black mesh fence and clear glass panels.
The proposed opening times are 8am-10pm (7 days a week) and the application states that LED sports lighting will be included inside the covered structure.
Padel, for those who don't know, is a combination of tennis and squash that is played in doubles on a smaller version of a tennis court surrounded by glass walls. There is a net, as in tennis, and the players use the walls as well (as in squash).
The application itself does not provide adequate information about the various visual, noise and lighting impacts on residents and the surrounding areas, which include a stretch of the New River. There are no views showing the visual impact included, there has been no noise assessment, and there is no information about the lighting and the effect it might have on residents/the natural habitats in the vicinity. Responses from local residents suggest that there has been no consultation at all before the application was submitted.
We have submitted a response to the Council highlighting the relevant parts of the Local Plan and the real lack of information relating to visual impact, noise and lighting.
25 May 2021