Plans for renovated tennis courts could be scrapped

An artist's impression of how the new tennis dome will look
An artist's impression of how the new tennis dome will look

Officers at Daventry District Council (DDC) have advised the planning committee to scrap proposals to renovate the tennis courts on New Street recreation ground.

The plans, which will go before planning decision makers on October 8, would see the resurfacing of the three existing tennis courts and the installation of an inflatable ‘airdome’ to make them playable in all weathers.

The dilapidated bowls pavilion on the grounds would also be demolished to make way for changing facilities and a clubhouse.

But a report to the planning committee describes the dome and its associated floodlights as a ‘dominant, stark and alien feature’ that would impact negatively on the existing town conservation area.

Concerns have also been raised by the government’s conservation watchdog English Heritage over the use of floodlights and the effect any light pollution might have on the character of the area, while residents have raised concerns over noise from the fan needed to keep the inflatable dome operational. However, Sports England and Daventry Town Council back the scheme, arguing new tennis courts would be an invaluable way of getting young people into sport.