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Friday, 30 September 2016 11:40

London Irish Apply for 50 Seater Moveable Stand at Hazelwood

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Many residents, and especially those who were involved in the original application by London Irish to develop the Hazelwood golf course, will already have received notice of the application to install a moveable 50 seater covered stand on the north side of the main pitch.

LOSRA Committee members met with the applicants on Thursday 29th September and were given a full explanation of the reasons behind the application which are summarised in the application thus:

"In order to provide a very small amount of seating, particularly for our less well able members and to ensure full compliance with disability discrimination legislation the proposal is to erect a 50 seat covered stand on the north side of our main pitch between the 10m line and the 22m line. The dimensions of the stand are 6617mm long by 3000mm wide and 2927mm high.

"The stand is a simple covered seating area that is pre-fabricated and delivered as one piece and fixed to the ground. It will be painted green on the outside to blend with the surroundings and the seats will be of a similar green colour." [NB. On visiting the site it would appear that the stand is actually intended to be positioned on the west (not the north} side of the main pitch].

LOSRA has absolutely no reason to doubt the good faith of the Amateur Club who are sponsoring this application but we would remind residents, (and especially those who were actively involved in the Hazelwood Action Group (HAG)) that in order to protect the tranquility of the cemetery and living conditions of nearby residents, we secured this important condition at the 2011 Public Inquiry:

'Notwithstanding the provisions of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (or any order revoking and re-enacting that Order with or without modification), no moveable structure for the use of spectator accommodation shall be erected on the land'. Reason: 'to ensure that the noise scenarios remain accurate and valid, in the interests of protecting the amenity of visitors to the nearby cemetery and the living conditions of nearby residents'.

LOSRA will be making a representation before the closing date of 6th October but it's important that individual residents should also make their views known by visiting http://my.spelthorne.gov.uk/planning/ and commenting on planning reference 16/01495/FUL.

4 comments

  • Comment Link bob Wednesday, 05 October 2016 15:43 posted by bob

    I fully support this proposal, which will put in a small stand for the older spectators to watch. No idea why anyone is crying wolf over small proposals like this which will not cause any inconvenience to anyone whatsoever. LOSRA does itself no favours being so NIBMYish.

  • Comment Link Muriel Bankhead Wednesday, 05 October 2016 07:02 posted by Muriel Bankhead

    It just shows the steady creep of objectives that local people have to endure... from being an occasional, low use facility to a more regular, high use facility. But it is in the wrong location, in the greenbelt, without good road access and next to a cemetery.

    It never made any sense. I hope everyone objects strongly to the planners!

  • Comment Link Stuart p Saturday, 01 October 2016 16:18 posted by Stuart p

    Romours are that they want to move the match games back from Reading

  • Comment Link Elleke Friday, 30 September 2016 17:49 posted by Elleke

    Thank you so much LOSRA for your latest update on your website. The very condition secured in 2011 by LOSRA/ HAG continues to be most valid to this day and shows the forsight at that time. The reason for the condition as described in the above update is a current true reflection of concerns expressed by many residents living near the LI as will be evident in their letters of objections.

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