Apr 302019

Many residents will wish to know the full reasoning for the decision reached by the government Inspector in ruling on the football club’s appeal against Chiltern District Council’s (CDC’s) refusal of planning permission to allow the installation of floodlights at the Elm Road ground.

This can be found on the planning section of CDC’s website under reference CH/2017/1958/FA. The decision as set out by the Inspector in his Report dated 16th April is as follows: –

  1. The appeal is allowed and planning permission is granted for erection of 6 retractable floodlight columns (2.8m rising to 15m) and lamps to light a football pitch plus associated control cabinet at Penn and Tylers Green Football Club, Elm Road, Penn, Buckinghamshire HP10 8LG in accordance with the terms of the application, Ref CH/2017/1958/FA, dated 19 October 2017, subject to the following conditions:

1) The development hereby permitted shall begin not later than 3 years from the date of this decision.

2) The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: numbered 754/BA/1; UKS15618_1a; UKS15618_1; E-CC-G.A.-001 A; PNE200/5/GA2 and PNE200/5/GA3.

3) The floodlights hereby permitted shall remain fully retracted and not in use or illuminated except for football match play and only between the hours of 1900 and 2200 on up to 2 weekday evenings and between the hours of 1500 and 1800 on Saturdays and bank holidays. The floodlights shall not be used or illuminated on Sundays. The period in which the above use can take place will be for no more than 8.5 months of the year, in a scheme to be submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority.

4) No other external lighting shall be installed within the site unless first agreed in writing by the local planning authority.

5) The 3 existing 6 metre-high floodlight poles on the site will be removed before the development hereby permitted is brought into use.

The Inspector’s Report recognised the strong and sincerely held views on both sides of the debate. He also recognised his decision would be disappointing to a significant number of groups and individuals in the community. In recognition of the sensitive location the Inspector has set conditions which the Club must adhere to.

The proper process has been followed and we trust, like all good sports people that, no matter the result, the right spirit between the different sides will prevail in the future

PTGFC submitted a planning application for six floodlights to be installed on the ground in Elm Road. At the Chiltern District Council planning meeting last week, this application was refused. [application number CH/2017/1958/FA.The Planning Officers’ recommendation was to refuse the application and this was supported by the Penn Parish Council, Chiltern Society, the Chiltern Conservation Board and CPRE. P&TGRS took the same view for the reasons explained in our statement to the Planning Committee.
We are aware there is considerable interest in the Village so we want to share our position.We have published our statement and the response to queries raised, these comments provide our views. Please go to Village Life/planning & conservation / Village Developments or click here

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