Blackburn air gun club set to be given planning permission
7:00am Monday 17th September 2012 in News
AN AIRGUN club set up in countryside without planning permission looks set to be granted approval retrospectively.
The club, on agricultural land and woodland at Higher Whitehalgh Farm, Feniscowles, has previously been refused retrospective planning permission because of the visual impact on the area.
Blackburn Outdoor Airgun Club has three hides and a toilet, which have been built on the site underneath a tree canopy, as well as a gravelled car park.
Originally the hides were made out of profiled metal sheet painted in camouflage colours, which Blackburn with Darwen council said were not in keeping with the location.
However, since then they have been modified and are now clad in timber.
The application is now due to be approved on the condition that the owners submit a woodland management plan within three months of approval.
The club is for use of air guns only and they submit a landscape plan within three months of planning approval to provide screening along one side of the car park.
A report set to go before Blackburn wirth Darwen Council said: “The hides appearances have been significantly modified from the previous planning application and are now clad in timber. This is a natural material which is in keeping with the countryside location. The number of structures on the site has also been reduced through removal of a hut used for BBQ’S.”
But the proposal has received objections by a nearby resident and Livesey Parish Council, who claim that the club has spoiled the look of the countryside and that the land should be allowed to return to its natural state.
A letter of objection to the council said: “There is very little difference between this amended scheme and the original proposal which was refused.
“The set up of this type of club is aesthetically displeasing to the local surroundings. The chosen site is in an area of ancient woodland and a heritage site that should be protected.
“Noise from the area will be detrimental to the local surroundings.”
The application is set to be discussed at the council’s Planning and Highway Committee on Thursday at 6.30pm.