Bursting the bubble of dome bid

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Concerns have been raised that the improvements to the town’s tennis courts could end with some houses looking out onto a ‘plastic bubble’.

The scheme involves refurbishing the New Street tennis courts, extending them onto the old bowling green, and turning the pavilion into changing facilities.

The biggest part of the project is that the new courts could be covered with a large plastic dome to make them usable in all weathers.

Two weeks ago Daventry District Council’s strategy group approved the principle of the £275,000 project.

But on Monday this week residents of nearby homes voiced their concerns. At the annual town meeting Sue Yates, from Inlands Rise, said: “In the past with the skate park plans and the new play area for the children, we as residents were consulted. You will have read about the tennis courts, but we’ve not been contacted about this at all.

“Myself and the others living there are worried we’ll be looking out onto a giant plastic bubble.

“I know it’s in the very early stages of planning, but it’s in the conservation area, and the covenant on the land says no commercial activity.”

The residents were told they will be able to comment on the plans as part of the normal planning process, once a formal application has been lodged.