Bearsted Football Club

Bearsted Football Club is a thriving, locally based sports club with a large junior and senior membership base. Planning permission for permanent floodlights and the permanent siting of two stands was sought in order to upgrade the existing facilities and to meet the entry requirements of higher leagues, which would allow for promotion if secured in future years.

Key facts
  • Permanent flood lights
  • Permanent siting of two stands
  • Supported by sustainable development policy

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Maidstone Borough Council initially refused planning permission on grounds relating to the sustainability development at the site, which is deemed countryside in planning policy terms. 

Both decisions were appealed and considered at an informal hearing. 

A comprehensive case was presented to the Planning Inspector, in collaboration with DHA Transport, demonstrating that the development and the potential future promotion it could allow, would not materially intensify its use. 

It was shown that the development was directly supported by sustainable development policy given the improvement to sports facilities that would be secured and the extended use of these facilities that it would allow,and that in all other respects the development satisfied policy.

The Inspector endorsed the case put forward on behalf of the football club and allowed both appeals.

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