Major Upgrade for Bearsted Football Club
dha have secured planning permission for a significant upgrade to the current facilities provided at Kent based Bearsted FC.
Bearsted Football Club are a thriving, locally based sports club with a large junior and senior membership base. Their Mens 1st XI team play at an existing sports ground in nearby Otham, just south-east of the Maidstone urban area. Planning permission for permanent floodlights and the permanent siting of 2 no. 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.
A comprehensive case was presented to the Planning Inspector, in collaboration with dha transport, to assess existing attendance and usage levels at the site, there by demonstrating that the development and the potential future promotion it could allow, would not materially intensify its use. Detailed planning policy and planning history research also found that the Council had previously considered the site to be urban fringe in character and of relatively low landscape quality, whilst viewpoint analysis of the site established the limited extent of visual and landscape impact that would arise.
The Inspector endorsed the case put forward on behalf of thefootball club and allowed both appeals.