Tennis club appeals after floodlights request is rejected

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A Sheffield tennis club is refusing to give up over the proposed installation of floodlights.

Dore and Totley Tennis Club has lodged an appeal against the council’s refusal of planning permission for eight columns to be added to three courts off Devonshire Road.

Councillors rejected the scheme last March on the basis of the light shining into neighbouring properties in the residential area, the effect on the night-time character of the neighbourhood and the extra parking and clubhouse activity that would be generated by longer playing times.

The authority said these issues were not outweighed by the extension of playing hours and the potential to expand sporting activity in the community.

Objections to the application came from Dore Village Society, three local councillors, 38 residents and in the form of a 74-name petition warning of “light and noise pollution”.

Now the club has appealed to the Secretary of State, who will appoint an inspector to look into the case.