A second application for the controversial £19 million Walton Sports Hub has been approved the day after a High Court judge quashed the original bid in which Elmbridge Council had made and approved the application to itself.
Members of a full Planning Committee, perhaps unsurprisingly, voted by a majority that the Waterside Drive project was 'not an inappropriate development within the green belt'. (See previous articles of 12th December and 16th January).
Amongst others, two important conditions have been attached to the plan's approval and these will doubtlessly be scrutinised by residents to ensure absolute compliance:
NOISE MANAGEMENT PLAN A detailed noise management plan (NMP) shall be submitted to, and approved by the planning authority prior to the first use of the site. The NMP should be written in conjunction with a suitably qualified acoustic consultant and shall cover all potential sources of noise and set in place appropriate control measures. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved NMP which shall be adhered to by all users of the site at all times. Any departure should be agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Reason: To avoid adverse impacts on health and quality of life from noise in accordance with paragraph 123 of the National Planning Policy Framework and the Noise Policy Statement for England.
LIGHTING STRATEGY Prior to first use of the development, a lighting strategy to strictly control (or avoid) light spill from the site shall be submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority, in consultation with Natural England, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Surrey Bat Group. The lighting strategy shall include the recommended limitation that there shall be no floodlighting between 22:00 and 07:00 except for the car park which should be limited between 22:30 and 07:00. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved lighting strategy. Reason: To limit the impact of light pollution from artificial light on the character and amenity of the area and wildlife with particular reference to birds and foraging bats, in accordance with paragraph 125 of the National Planning Policy Framework and Policy DM5 of the Elmbridge Development Management Plan 2015.