Redruth man's anger at new clubhouse that "blocks out the sun"
A REDRUTH man is outraged after a new £50,000 tennis clubhouse that “blocks out the sun” has gone up next to his home.
Martin Andrew, 31, was expecting a wooden shed type structure to be built for Redruth Tennis Club’s new clubhouse.
Instead, views from his conservatory are to be “blocked out” by the pitched roof of the new building.
Mr Andrew said he had looked at the plans on Cornwall Council’s website ahead of planning being approved, but he did not expect the building to be as large as it is.
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An officer from Cornwall Council had said in a report that the building would have an “adverse impact” on the neighbouring properties.
Mr Andrew says the whole scenario has become “stressful” and would be satisfied if the building would remove its pitched roof and replace it with a flat one, to let light into his home.
Speaking to West Briton he said: “It’s an atrocity. Our views from the conservatory and my son’s room are ruined.
“It is quite close to our property, but we are not too concerned about that. The issue here is that we get to look out of the window every morning and have our view blocked.”
Mr Andrew said he had filed a report with the government Ombudsman, the independent body that handles complaints against a local authority, in a bid to over turn the planning application.
“I just feel as if it was pushed through planning and causing us all kind of problems,” he added.
Redruth Tennis Club had secured tens of thousands of pounds to build the new clubhouse which will look out over the club’s six courts.
Mark Hollow from the tennis club said residents close to the clubhouse had the opportunity to give their opinions and the building is in the later stages of construction.
He said: “None of the neighbours made any observations to the planning authority or ourselves regarding any aspect of the design of the building.
“Construction work is now well advanced, almost half of the roof has been slated. We are working to both a tight budget and timescale, therefore it would be totally impracticable to dismantle part of the building and redesign it at this stage.”
A spokesperson from Cornwall Council said neighbouring properties had been notified in writing about the plans.
The spokesperson said: “No comments were made by neighbouring occupiers in respect of the siting, scale and height of the building and any associated impact on neighbouring properties.
All the plans were drawn to scale and available to view on the Council’s website and paper copies were also available at the Council Offices in Camborne on request.”