Some weeks ago we reported on the plans for Rye Tennis Club in Military Road, to construct a new building to house three indoor courts. The object behind this was to increase the facilities the Club had to offer, encourage new and younger members and to enable the playing and coaching of tennis to continue year-round regardless of weather.
It is a fact that any building used for this purpose is inevitably going to be very big and bulky. Not surprisingly, therefore, there were objections from residents of Military Road, even though the majority, it must be said, would be unlikely to be affected by the development.
The objections centred mainly on potentially dangerous access (being on a bend), increased traffic, light pollution at night and overall bulk of the building and therefore its unsuitability for its planned location. The possibility of flooding was also mentioned, although the Environment Agency did not regard the risk as significant and raised no objection to the development.
Other objections came from Rye Conservation Society, the CPRE and Natural England while support for the project was received from Rother District Council’s Sports Development Officer and Rye’s MP, Amber Rudd.
The Planning Officer recommended refusal however the Planning Committee at Rother decided that there were a number of questions and factors outstanding which could affect the decision and therefore decided to defer a final decision until the Club had been given the opportunity to supply the required information. Full details of the application can be seen here.
This saga has some way to run yet before a final definitive outcome.
Photo: Rye News library
Image Credits: Simon Kershaw .