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Rugby club development plan gets the go-ahead

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PLANNING chiefs have given the go-ahead for ambitious re-development plans at Lymm Rugby Club – despite objections from nearby residents.

Members of Warrington Borough Council’s development management committee approved proposals for a new purpose-built clubhouse, multi-sports facility, and caretakers flat, along with four tennis courts, a 3G rugby pitch, 10 new dwellings and the conversion of the existing clubhouse into four apartments.

It was the second time the committee had approved the proposals because of slight amendments to the scheme.

Fifteen letters of objection have been received from residents of Manor Road and Crouchley Lane – in particular to parking issues and road safety issues arising from parking on Crouchley Lane, which, they say, have been the cause of accidents. There were also fears of late night noise arising from alcohol-related and anti-social activity.

Lymm Parish Council, while acknowledging that the club needed improved facilities, objected on the grounds the development was in the Green Belt.

But planning officers recommended the scheme be approved – and the committee unanimously agreed.

After the meeting, Lymm councillor Sheila Woodyatt said: “It is a wonderful scheme and will provide a first rate facility for the village.”

A spokesman for the rugby club said: “This is a great step on the road to the achievement of our ambitious plans for both our club and our community.

“The hard work now starts – but at least we are doing it from a solid foundation and with a clear plan which, hopefully will make it easier to bring people – club members and more – along with us.  We have to raise an awful lot of money to complete this – but we are confident that we will get there. “

 

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