Bourne Rugby Club revamp recommended for approval by SKDC planners

  Posted: 04.05.21 at 16:02 by The Editor

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Major improvements to Bourne Rugby Club have won the support of planners at South Kesteven District Council.

Members of its planning committee are recommended to approve a proposed renovation and extension of club house when it meets next Wednesday.

The application concerning the ground at Milking Nook Drive also includes the installation of two spectator stands and floodlights.

A report prepared by SKDC planning staff for the meetings says councillors will determine the application as it is considered 'major' by exceeding one hectare.

The key issues concerning the application will be impact on the character of the area and impact on residential amenity, it continued.

The site is located to the east of Bourne, south of the A151 Spalding Road on a single lane road. The rugby grounds are west of established industrial buildings, with open fields south and west of the site.

The report continued: "The proposal is for the renovation and extension to the existing clubhouse, installation of two spectator stands and installation of replacement floodlights.

"The renovation and extension to the exiting clubhouse includes an extension of 9.54m to the southern end of the existing building. The width of the building remains similar to the existing with an extension of 0.20m in width to 8.80m, with no change in height from the existing at 2.75m.

"The extension adds a further changing room and a meeting room together with an increase in floorspace to other changing rooms and the lounge area. A small canopy (at the height of the building) is proposed along both side elevations.

"The agent has confirmed that the floodlights are proposed to be lit during the following times:
• Wednesdays – Team training days/game days, commencing at 6:45pm, finishing no later than 9:30pm;
• Thursdays - Junior/Touch rugby training, commencing at 6pm, finishing approximately 8:30pm;
• During Winter months, and if the light is fading, the floodlights may be used on a match day (Saturdays), however this would be quite rare and lights would be off by 5pm latest."

The report said council consultation led to 3 letters of representation were received, all from 3 Milking Nook Drove. They raised the scheme's impact of noise and light pollution, impact on residential amenity and impact of extra traffic and on the junction with the A151.

However, planning staff the scale and appearance of the scheme, it was in keeping with the surrounding context of an existing sports club site. Its location within an existing business park setting would not deliver unacceptable adverse impact on any residential amenity.

The report also noted no objections from Lincolnshire County Council Highways department or Bourne Town Council.

The report continued: "The proposal is not considered to result in an intensification of use over and above the
existing use of the site. The proposed clubhouse extension, spectator stands and floodlights are expected to result in a minimal number of additional visitors to the site, with little gain in vehicular trips expected."

Therefore, SKDC planning staff concluded the application met a range of council planning polices and should be approved when planning committee meets next week.

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