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Appeal: Air-dome in green belt will meet winter tennis ‘need’

All-weather tennis / Mike Quinn

An inspector has approved a tennis club’s plan for a 30ft-tall inflatable ‘air-dome’' in the green belt, ruling that the unmet need for all-weather tennis facilities identified in the neighbourhood plan amounted to very special circumstances.

The appeal was lodged by Bishop’s Stortford Tennis Club, which sits within the Metropolitan Green Belt in East Hertfordshire. The club sought permission to install an inflatable ‘air-dome’ over three of its courts in the autumn and winter to enable tennis to be played during inclement weather.Inspector Graham Chamberlain considered the scheme to be development associated with........
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