The owner of a golf driving range has hit out at a decision not to allow him to install 14 external lights.
South Ribble Council’s planning committee voted against allowing the development at Whitestake Driving Range in Long Moss Lane, because of light pollution, harm to the Green Belt area, and because the lighting assessment failed to demonstrate the proposed development would not have an adverse impact on the surrounding area.
There had been several objections from local residents, and it was the second time a lighting application has been thrown out since a licence was granted by the council last year, allowing the facility to open till 8pm.
Business owner Gavin Fiddler said: “It’s farcical. They’ve let me have a licence so I can stay open till 8pm, but they won’t let me have lights till then. What’s the point in that?
“I’ll be going to appeal, because this doesn’t make sense.
“We are an asset to the community. One of the councillors from the planning committee even came to look around before the meeting and he said it was an excellent facility. We work with all ages, kids with learning difficulties and Barnardos.”
He added: “My argument is that I spend all summer trying to build custom up, and then lose it all in the winter, when it goes dark early. We’re only talking 8pm, it’s not that late.”
Kingsfold Coun Keith Martin spoke at the planning meeting against the application.
Afterwards he said: “What were proposed were very, very intense floodlights, and there are issues of light pollution. There is no justification for that kind of development on Green Belt land. There are also issues around bats in the area and a lack of information was presented.”