Gerrards Cross Tennis Club have had a major planning application denied by the Chiltern and South Bucks District Council.

The plans were to redevelop almost the whole site, with the relocation and retention of 14 full size tennis courts and one junior tennis court incorporating fencing and lighting.

The club also wanted to erect two dwellings within the land as well as a new car park for 31 vehicles, subsequently closing the current car park.

There was also a request to refurbish the existing clubhouse to include new decking, a verandah and rooflights.

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New pedestrian access would also be incorporated in the plans.

The refusal was officially decided last week for four main reasons.

The first of which is that the proposed development would increase surface water runoff due to an increase in surfaces which don't allow water to pass through.

The site is also located in an 'Area of Special Character', which means it's an important space to protect.

The club is located on Bull Lane which has been identifies as a 'Green Suburban Road', characterised by grass verges, hedges and older trees.

The proposed dome building which would cover new tennis courts would be visible to some surrounding dwellings and various points along Bull Lane.

The council believed the dome, which would create a space for indoor tennis courts, would therefore be an 'alien and incongruous feature' and not blend well with the local landscape.

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Another issue in the application for the council was the two proposed dwellings to be built on the land.

They referenced the Adopted Neighbourhood Plan which states that 'facilities for leisure are vital to the long-term sustainability of Chalfont St Peter as a community'.

The plan also highlights the importance of retaining and supporting the village's sports and community facilities.

The tennis club has been on Bulls Lane since 1908 and has 18 tennis courts.

The club will be able to appeal against the refusal of their proposed plans.