Extended use of rugby club would have 'detrimental impact' on homes

PUBLISHED: 08:20 03 August 2017

Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club.

Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club.

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Council officers have recommended plans to increase late night opening hours at a Nailsea sports club are refused as it will have a 'detrimental impact' on people living nearby.

The owners of Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club have applied to North Somerset Council to change planning conditions to allow the facilities to be used from 9.30am-11.30pm on Monday to Thursday, from 9am until 1am on Fridays, from 8am-1am on Saturdays and from 8am until 11pm on Sundays.

Bosses at the club want to open earlier at the weekend to allow players and officials to prepare for matches, and close later to attract more bookings.

The application states: “The current wording of the conditions requires all persons to be off the site by 12.30am. This essentially means that the club has to bring a stop to all events well before 12.30am in order to get people off the site by this time.

“This has a consequential negative impact on the ability of the club to attract events such as parties and weddings, resulting in a loss of revenue which could assist in boosting sport participation in the local area.”

A number of residents are concerned about the proposed changes as they fear it will lead to increased noise.

Commenting online, Antony Evans from Engine Lane, said: “If this application is approved, the Friday and Saturday finishing time for events will have crept up by one-and-a-half hours since the club was built.

“This is significant, not only with respect to any noise emanating from the premises, but also for those who live on the after-party routes home.”

In a report to the council, an officer from environmental protection said he did not have any objections to the club opening earlier but raised concerns about extending late night opening times.

He said: “While I appreciate that from the clubs point of view it is necessary to have functions in the evenings to raise funds, the club’s main function however is as a sporting facility.

“Extending the hours of use is also likely to have an additional impact on local residents from noise and disturbance from people leaving the venue.”

The officer has recommended the application is refused.

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