Monday, April 15, 2024

Cumberland Club locked in loggerheads with Council after squash court proposal snub

Future of the London Open thrown into doubt after Council blocks plans to erect new squash courts at host venue
By MICHAEL CATLING – Squash Mad Reporter

Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club are fighting for the right to build two new squash courts, after the Camden London Borough Council rejected their plans due to a ‘lack of demand’ for the sport.

The West Hampstead club, which hosted the Coronation London Open in December, currently fail to meet tournament specifications due to cross-beams affecting height restrictions; thereby making new upgrades a matter of urgency. 

But while a proposal was put forward in 2012 to extend its clubhouse and build two new squash courts being built, the Council rejected their plans after claiming that they failed to justify a demand for the two courts.

The club’s architects have since launched an appeal against the rejection: 

“The Council’s reason for refusal contends that there is an ‘absence of adequate evidence’ to demonstrate a need for the new squash courts. This assertion is unfounded.”

Members have also added their support to the clubs campaign and have sent 70 emails expressing their frustrations in securing a booking on one of four existing courts.

An overwhelming majority of Councillors on the Town Hall’s planning committee voted against the scheme but a planning inspector will now assess the latest appeal and rule on the outcome in the next few weeks. 

Source: Camden New Journal

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