Clay shooting ground appeal

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The operators of a Narborough shooting range have lodged an appeal against planning conditions that they claim could force them to close for at least two months per year.

The Chalk Farm clay ground was set up after permission for a change of use from farmland was granted in November 2012.

But, despite two further applications since, a condition preventing the site from hosting lit evening shoots during the months of March and April remains in place.

Now, Steven Howling has challenged the restriction, which he says similar enterprises in other areas do not have to work within.

Documents submitted on his behalf said: “It is necessary for the viability of this business that there be continuity throughout the year.

“The sporting participants, some of whom travel long distances, will move elsewhere if they are banned from practising during March and April. Otherwise, this shoot will close during March and April.”

The document also rejected the district council’s wildlife protection argument.

It said: “We do not believe that this can have any significant effect on the protection of wildlife this early in spring. English Nature have not raised any objection.”

Swaffham town councillors reiterated they did not object to the application at their meeting last Wednesday.

One of them, Sheila Lister, also attacked a condition preventing the site from operating on bank holidays ,saying: “It’s ridiculous to say they can’t open on bank holidays. It’s crazy.”