Appeal launched after tennis court plans for The Manor House, Aldenham, rejected by Hertsmere Borough Council

An appeal has been launched against Hertsmere Borough Council’s decision to turn down the construction of a tennis court with associated enclosure at The Manor House in Church Lane, Aldenham.

The appeal will be determined by the written recommendations procedure.

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4:47pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

What a lightweight story.

Why is there no information about the grounds for turning down the planning permission?
What a lightweight story. Why is there no information about the grounds for turning down the planning permission? Phil Cox (UKIP)

11:57am Thu 5 Dec 13

Mike Ribble says...

This is the second application. The first went to appeal and was lost.
Manor House is a grade II listed building in the Aldenham conservation area and adjoins the churchyard. The proposed tennis court would be fenced (chain link 0.9m high) and the fence comes within a couple of metres of the churchyard wall.
In summary, the council's view is, firstly, that the fence will compromise the openness of the greenbelt and secondly that by virtue of its visual impact, the proximity to the wall being incongruous and the potential to detract from the peaceful nature of the churchyard that the proposal is unsympathetic and would be detrimental to the character of the conservation area.
The applicant argues that any noise from his family playing tennis in their garden cannot be considered inappropriate in what is a predominantly residential area.
As far as I can tell there have been no objections raised by the occupants of the churchyard.
This is the second application. The first went to appeal and was lost. Manor House is a grade II listed building in the Aldenham conservation area and adjoins the churchyard. The proposed tennis court would be fenced (chain link 0.9m high) and the fence comes within a couple of metres of the churchyard wall. In summary, the council's view is, firstly, that the fence will compromise the openness of the greenbelt and secondly that by virtue of its visual impact, the proximity to the wall being incongruous and the potential to detract from the peaceful nature of the churchyard that the proposal is unsympathetic and would be detrimental to the character of the conservation area. The applicant argues that any noise from his family playing tennis in their garden cannot be considered inappropriate in what is a predominantly residential area. As far as I can tell there have been no objections raised by the occupants of the churchyard. Mike Ribble

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