MORE than 50 nearby residents have lodged objections to a plan to build four houses on a long-standing tennis club.
Lymm Parish Council is also opposing the proposals for Manor Road Tennis Club, in Manor Road, Lymm.
But officers will recommend the scheme for approval when it comes before Warrington Borough Council’s development management committee on Thursday, December 9.
Tennis courts that are lost to the scheme will be replaced with courts being provided as part of the re-development of the nearby Lymm Rugby Club. The scheme involves four semi-detached houses – three of them with four bedrooms and one with three.
In its objection, the parish council says the scheme represents an overdevelopment of the site. There is a lack of parking provision which will result in vehicles parking in the street. There are also concerns about the ecological impact on the site and councillors believe the development will compromise the existing Manor Road flats.
Neighbours claim a lack of consultation and say development plans do not show existing properties accurately. They argue that the scheme should not be used to provide funding for the re-development of the rugby club. A smaller, less profitable scheme would be more acceptable.
But planning officers say the tennis courts will be replaced with new ones at the rugby club. They argue that the development will have no harmful impact on nearby residents and the provision of four new houses will contribute towards the borough’s housing need.
Manor Road Tennis Club has already merged with the rugby club and will have four, new floodlit courts at its new home. Members will be able to play on the old courts until the new ones are ready.