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Feb 26 2011

Rayner’s Lane FC – floodlighting

Congratulations to Rayner’s Lane Football Club for winning Council approval for their plans to installed 6 x 15 metre high floodlights at their pitch at 151 Rayners Lane.  The club has tried on three or four other occasions over the last 10-12 years or so to gain planning approval, but has failed each time.  This time, with the threat of relegation (or is it demotion – I’m not big on football) if evening games weren’t possible, there was a very real threat of the club liquidating.  Releagation equals loss of sponsorship equals loss of income.

Planning permission doesn’t come without a few restrictions though:

  • 1 The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of this permission. REASON: To comply with the provisions of Section 91 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.
  • 2 On match days when football games are played on the pitch using the approved floodlights, no admission to the ground from Lucas Avenue shall be permitted between half an hour before kick off and half an hour after the match has finished. REASON: In the interest of neighbouring amenity to prevent spectators from accessing the site via Lucas Avenue, in accordance with saved Policies D5 and D23 of the Harrow Unitary Development Plan (2004).
  • 3 No more than ten evening fixtures (football games commencing on or after 19:00 hours) shall be played under the use of the approved floodlights, unless another level is agreed in writing with the local planning authority. REASON: In the interest of neighbouring amenity to prevent excessive use of the approved floodlights, in accordance with saved Policies D5 and D23 of the Harrow Unitary Development Plan (2004).
  • 4 The approved floodlights shall be switched off 10 minutes after the completion of each game played under the use of the floodlights (and no later than 22:00 hours). REASON: In the interest of neighbouring amenity to prevent excessive use of the approved floodlights, in accordance with saved Policies D5 and D23 of the Harrow Unitary Development Plan (2004).
  • 5 The development hereby permitted shall be carried out in accordance with the following approved plans: Site Plan, H3610, 1040/101, Design and Access Statement, Lighting Assessment, Bat Survey and Report REASON: For the avoidance of doubt and in the interests of proper planning.

The full decision can be found here.

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