Saturday, 28 November 2020

Car wash set to open at rugby club

A CAR wash is to be opened at Henley Rugby Club.

A CAR wash is to be opened at Henley Rugby Club.

South Oxfordshire District Council has granted planning permission to convert nine parking spaces at Dry Leas.

Adrian Duffield, head of planning, said: “The proposal would not be detrimental to the character and appearance of the site or the surrounding conservation area, would not be unneighbourly and would not harm trees that are of amenity value to the area.”

The permission has several conditions including that development should take place within three years and details of the drainage for the car wash are approved prior to work starting. The opening hours have been restricted to 8am to 6pm.

The car wash will be an open-sided metal tube structure with a plastic canopy and operated by Stephen Edwards, of Shiplake Bottom, Peppard.

Henley Town Council’s planning committee had raised concern about the noise produced by the jet washer with a compressor and generator and the loss of parking spaces.

An acoustics test was carried out in July at seven nearby locations, including Swiss Farm and Phyllis Court Club.

Mr Edwards said traffic noise from Marlow Road “far exceeded” the sound of the car wash’s motor, which wasn’t even registered by two readings.

He said the parking spaces were allocated for administrative staff at the club and the London Wasps, an affiliated club, as well as the Citizens Advice Bureau and no public parking spaces would be affected.

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