AN application has been submitted to increase the number of floodlights at a Trafford tennis club from 12 to 20.

A previous application to install 12 floodlights at courts six to nine at Bowdon Tennis Club was approved in March, 2015, but now the club wants 20 floodlights, which when in use, would be set at a height of seven metres — 23ft.

Bowdon Lawn Tennis Club, which was established in 1877, has eight grass courts and five all-weather courts.

The courts are located within a predominantly residential area and bounded by residential properties in Green Courts to the north west, Green Walk to the south west and south east, Heather Court to the south and Elcho Road to the east.

To the north, the application site is next to Altrincham Grammar School for Girls.

The application has been made on behalf of the club by CT Planning, Lichfield, and would involve installing 33 luminaires with LED lamps.

A report produced by CT Planning explains that when the floodlights are out of use they would be retracted to a height of 3.3m —11ft.

The report said: “As such, the lighting columns would be a similar height to the existing court-side fencing.

"In the context of the court fencing, that measures some 3m in height, the visual impact of the floodlighting columns would be minimal."

The floodlighting columns would be used between 3.30pm and 9.30pm seven days a week.

The report concludes: “In the circumstances the proposed floodlighting system would not cause harm to the character or appearance of the Devisdale Conservation Area when considered as a whole and would not adversely impact upon the living conditions of nearby residential properties.

“The proposed development would therefore comply with Trafford Local Plan: Core Strategy Policy R1, UDP Policy ENV21 and policies contained in the framework and that in these circumstances planning permission should be granted.”