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Meeting of the Executive held on 02/08/2004
APPENDIX E - LICENCE FOR ALTERATIONS AND EXTENSIONS, GUILDFORD RUGBY CLUB, BROADWATER PARK, GODALMING



Summary & Purpose
This report seeks authority to grant a licence for alterations and extensions to the clubhouse and grounds of the above club.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Positive
N/A


APPENDIX E
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

EXECUTIVE – 2ND AUGUST 2004
[THIS MATTER WAS DEFERRED AT THE MEETING ON 12TH JULY]

Title:
LICENCE FOR ALTERATIONS AND EXTENSIONS, GUILDFORD
RUGBY CLUB, BROADWATER PARK, GODALMING
[Ward Affected: Godalming Farncombe and Cattershall]

Summary and purpose:

This report seeks authority to grant a licence for alterations and extensions to the clubhouse and grounds of the above club.

Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe, Healthy and Active Communities
Local Economy
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Positive
N/A

The proposed alterations and extensions will provide the rugby club with a remodelled pavilion necessary to meet the needs of the expanded users of the pavilion and to provide a shed for the new tractor, which is too big for the existing shed.

E-Government implications:

There are no e-government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no resource implications arising from this report. It will involve a small amount of legal time to draft and agree the licence.

Background

1. Guildford Rugby Club has obtained planning permission to demolish an existing single storey brick built store at the western end of the pavilion and replace it with four extra changing rooms on the ground floor and an extended tea room on the first floor. The ground floor is to be remodelled internally to accommodate separate ladies changing facilities. The existing link block between the clubhouse and squash court building is to be demolished and replaced with an equipment storage area, referees changing room and club shop on the ground floor with a new integral WC facility on the first floor, together with a new function room formed partly from the redundant squash court. The ground floor area of the squash court is to be remodelled to provide for player training, treatment and physiotherapy. A new tractor shed is required to take the new tractor, which is larger than the existing, for health and safety reasons.

Landlord’s Consent

2. The Rugby Club requires landlord’s consent from the Council to undertake the work described above.

3. The Council has over the past 2 years been in discussions with the rugby club over the potential for a new Godalming Sports centre to be built on the area of land currently leased by the club. The club have always been keen to support this proposal on the basis that a new centre would incorporate and provide new facilities for the club. Given the delay in proceeding with a new centre the club can no longer delay and must take steps to improve their facilities in the short to medium term if the club is to continue to develop. In light of the possibility of their site being used for a new sports centre in the longer term the refurbishment and development proposals identified in this report meet only their basic requirements.

4. Approval for landlord’s consent would normally be within officers’ delegated authority. However, because of the ongoing negotiations between Waverley and the Rugby Club over the possible relocation of the club's premises, it was considered appropriate for members to give approval to the club's request for consent.

5. Under the terms of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1927, landlord’s consent cannot be unreasonably withheld for alterations or extensions where they are permitted subject to consent being granted. If the tenant considers that consent is being withheld unreasonably then he is able to go to court to obtain permission for the works. It is likely that, if judgement is against the landlord, he will be liable for both parties’ costs. Should the lease expire or be terminated, the landlord would then be responsible for recompensing the tenant for the value of the works at that time.

6. In this instance, the negotiations between Waverley and the Rugby Club are not at a sufficiently advanced stage that landlord’s consent could be reasonably withheld. The Rugby Club has provided evidence to the Planning Department to justify the works. They indicate that the proposed alterations and extensions are necessary for the proper running of the club in the short to medium term. The Rugby Club’s lease has a further 26 years before it expires and there are no legally binding commitments on either side regarding the proposed recreation centre.

Recommendation

It is recommended that Waverley gives landlord’s consent to the Rugby Club for the works of alteration and extension granted under planning permission WA/2003/2417.

Background Papers (DoP&D)

Letter from Broadwater Sports Club dated 4th June 2004.

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Ailsa Rhodes Telephone: 01483 523459

E-mail: arhodes@waverley.gov.uk

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