Get all the most important news and events to your inbox.
Protect our independence - donate now
Our non-for-profit, independent community journalism is produced by volunteers and survives thanks to your regular contributions.
Plans for a new skatepark in Lichfield have been rejected.
There have been lengthy campaigns for such a facility, but Lichfield District Council refused permission for one to be built on land in Beacon Park.
In a refusal notice, planning chiefs said the location was “inappropriate” because of the noise and disturbance it would cause to nearby residents.
The news will be a blow to local skaters – particularly given a report to the planning committee recommended that the scheme be given the green light.
The report said: “The noise levels created by such movements [of skaters] would not be any greater in frequency or volume than the noise which may already be created by passing vehicles or pedestrians.
“The application could not be resisted on this basis.
“Overall, it is considered that these proposals would not result in any significant greater impact on the amenity of nearby residential properties through noise or anti social behaviour, and as such would comply with the development plan policy.”
However, planning chiefs threw out the proposals after receiving 82 signatures from residents of the nearby Beacon Park Village.
As well as raising concerns over potential noise and anti-social behaviour, objections were also put forward on the grounds that the proposed area is currently a quiet section of the park.
For more details on the application and to view the refusal notice, visit the Lichfield District Council planning website.