MONTROSE Tennis Club will no longer be left in the dark after this week over proposals to improve lighting at its Mid Links courts.
The club had applied for full planning permission for eight 30-feet high floodlights to illuminate the three courts north of its pavilion which, it said, would help it to take up funding from Sportscotland to carry out further improvements to facilities.
Members of Angus Council’s development standards committee were recommended to approval the plans at their meeting this week.
One objection to the scheme had been lodged, raising concerns about increased activity and more vehicles in the area around the club, but the council’s head of roads raised no objection. In his report to the committee, infrastructure services director Eric Lowson also said that while he recognises the proposal will increase temporary, short-term parking of vehicles, he did not consider this would have an adverse impact on the area.
The club also submitted with its application a light impact assessment which Mr Lowson said raised few problems in terms of light pollution for neighbouring properties.
He added: “Noise pollution should not be significant, subject to the hours of operation of the floodlights being restricted. This would reflect conditions attached to the permission for the flood lighting of the tennis courts at the south of the pavilion.”
Given the site is within the town’s conservation area, Mr Lowson stipulated that the lighting columns be finished in a dark colour to reduce their visual impact.
He said: “The proposal will provide for improvement of existing tennis facilities in a manner that will not give rise to any significant adverse impacts on the amenity or appearance of the area. Whilst I note the concern raised in the submitted representation, the head of roads has confirmed that he does not consider that the proposal adversely affect road traffic or pedestrian safety in the area.”