A PLAN to build four houses on the courts of the Manor Road Tennis Club, Lymm has been given the green light – despite objections from more than 50 nearby residents.
The decision of the Warrington Borough Council Development Management Committee means the end of tennis at Manor Road, where the game has been played for over 50 years.
But the club has merged with the neighboring Lymm Rugby Club, where four new floodlit, all-weather courts are being built as part of a major redevelopment project. Residents who opposed the project were supported by Lymm Parish Council, which argued it represented over-development of the site and would lead to parking problems as cars parked on the street.
They were also concerned about the impact on the ecology of the site and said the new homes – three to four bedrooms and one to three bedrooms would compromise the existing apartments at Manor Court.
Neighbors claimed there had been a lack of consultation and that development plans did not accurately show existing properties. They argued that the program should not be used to fund the redevelopment of the rugby club. A smaller plan would be more acceptable.
But planning officials said the tennis courts will be replaced with new ones at the rugby club. They argued that the development would have no negative impact on neighboring residents and that the provision of four new homes would contribute to the borough’s housing needs.
We hope that the new courts will be ready to play by next summer.