Investment projects in a historic tennis club in Bath have been supported.
The Lansdown Tennis, Squash and Croquet Club was founded in 1882.
It includes 11 tennis courts, four squash courts, a croquet court and a clubhouse, with around 1,000 members in recent years.
Eight of the tennis courts are now lit, with plans submitted in 2020 to install floodlights on the other three.
“There has been a national increase in the popularity of tennis and the demand for courts at Lansdown is high at certain times of the day and evening depending on the weather,” said a design and access statement.
“The late afternoon is a popular time for children and young people to play or practice after school. The evenings are popular with members who, due to work commitments or otherwise, cannot play during the day.
“The lighting of these pitches will therefore increase the opportunities to play or be trained in the late afternoon and early evening between October and March.”
The app has been revised following feedback from officers, consultees and neighbours, with the height of the floodlights being lowered.
A report written ahead of the Bath and North East Somerset Planning Committee meeting added: ‘While the proposal will impact neighboring residents, subject to conditions ensuring lighting times and details of measures aimed at mitigating the impacts of light – such as cutting off when not in use, etc. – the system is not considered to have a significant impact that would warrant rejection.”
A motion for a site visit was made but was denied, before the request was ultimately backed by a majority decision.