Woodley Lawn Tennis Club homes plan refusedBy Jon Nurse
January 30, 2013
Plans for new homes on tennis courts in Woodley have faced a setback.
A proposal for five detached homes to be built on the old site of Woodley Lawn Tennis Club has been refused by council planners, but former club chairman John Butcher remains confident the plans, once tweaked, will be approved.
Mr Butcher said: “It’s disappointing to have not got over this practical hurdle.
“It’s up to the developers [what happens next], but I think there will be some minor amendments and then it can get passed. It could go on for some time though.”
The club left its old courts and pavilion in Silver Fox Crescent last year to join Wokingham Tennis Club at its new home in Sindlesham.
Mr Butcher added: “If we gain some financial reward for the land it would be put into use for the club. We are looking to strengthen the facilities Wokingham have provided.”
Wokingham Borough Council refused the application earlier this month, stating the development would be detrimental to the character of the area, is excessive in size, doesn’t replace the lost courts, needs a bat survey and fails to provide adequate affordable housing, infrastructure and services.
The objections seem harsh to the former chairman, who feels the homes would be a smart development that could only help the value of the surrounding housing, and particularly takes issue with the criticism for loss of courts.
“It’s a load of rubbish,” he said. “There are courts at Woodford Park for use by the public and they are all floodlit. We are a private club.”