Double Success for 3G Sports Pitch and Floodlighting at Bolton School

Following committee approval for a 3G Sports Pitch including floodlighting at Bolton School, Bolton, GJP successfully appealed the removal of two conditions attached to the permission. The two conditions we appealed related to a temporary 12-month permission and noise levels. The inspector allowed the appeal and deleted the two conditions from the decision notice.

Importantly, the Inspector considered that the proposed development satisfied local policy, ensuring that development proposals do not generate unacceptable noise or nuisance and are compatible with surrounding land uses and occupiers. As such, the condition was not necessary or reasonable in the interests of neighbouring living conditions, with particular reference to noise.

In respect of the second condition, the Inspector considered, in light of no substantive evidence from the LPA to demonstrate that the proposal would significantly and harmfully increase noise levels or harm neighbouring living conditions that would justify a temporary permission. Again, the condition was not necessary or reasonable in the interests of neighbouring living conditions.

Following this initial decision and subsequent appeal, we have recently secured permission to include a spectator stand and recesses into the design of the pitch – which was recommended for approval by officers and subsequently approved at committee.