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Cricket and tennis in Staplehurst safe after housing plan gets go-ahead

Friday 18th August 2017

THE future of tennis and cricket in Staplehurst has been saved after councillors passed an application to build two houses in club grounds.

Cash generated from the development will ensure facilities at the sports venue can be improved and face its running costs.

The application by Staplehurst Cricket and Tennis Club was for the building of two three bedroom semi-detached homes.

Maidstone Borough Council officers recommended refusal on a number of grounds including of poor layout, loss of trees and hedging and be harmful to the local conservation area.

But Staplehurst’s borough councillor John Perry argued that the club offered a vital role in the village, especially to the young

It would ensure the club’s longer term viability, he said.

Cllr Denis Spooner said he had “considerable sympathy” for the club’s situation and added: “It’s not going to do tremendous harm to the surrounding countryside.”

FULL STORY IN DOWNS MAIL WEALD EDITION

 

Maidstone Borough Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the application on August 17.

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