An enforcement notice issued by Richmond Council seeking to prevent the use of a private tennis court outside working hours for coaching of children and other young hopefuls has been quashed by a planning Inspector. He accepted that tennis coaching on a commercial basis had been carried on at the site by the appellant, at her home in a residential cul-de-sac by the river, for longer than ten years and so the time for taking enforcement action had expired by the time the notice was issued in 2008. Complaints had been received by the Council from local residents concerning the use of the court after working hours and they sought to argue that the use had intensified over recent years such that a material change of use had taken place less than ten years ago. The Inspector rejected this argument as well.
Meyric Lewis appeared for the appellant, Sandra Golding, instructed by Michael Maan, Consultant to Howard Sharp and Partners.
The result comes as a great relief to Ms Golding and all her supporters because she can now devote her energies to fostering the career of her son Oliver Golding who is currently ranked fifth amongst British "16 and unders".