Controversial plans to expand a West Yorkshire tennis club within green belt land have won council officers’ backing despite strong opposition.
Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club wants planning permission to refurbish and extend its clubhouse to include improved gym facilities; build three extra external all-weather courts; extend the indoor tennis courts and create more car parking spaces.
The club also wants backing for a discretionary pedestrian route for the Dalesway Footpath and some work to Stourton Road footway.
A petition containing 140 signatures of people against the scheme has been submitted to Bradford Council along with 62 letters of objection.
However, 23 people have written to the local authority supporting the plans which have won the backing of Ilkley Parish Council and The British Lawn Tennis Association.
Members of Keighley and Shipley Area Planning Panel will be advised to grant planning permission when they meet to consider the latest plans for the expansion on Wednesday.
Critics have raised concerns about extra traffic on the A65 and local roads, pollution and pedestrians’ safety.
Supporters say that the development will secure the future and prevent the decline of the club.
Ilkley councillor Martin Smith said: “The only major problem now seems to be the traffic issues; increasing traffic caused by the additional three artificial courts and the increase which will happen relative to the increased size of the gym and the two exercise rooms.”
A spokesman for the club said it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.