Residents are hopping mad over plans for new St Albans trampoline park
PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 July 2015
Neighbours of an industrial unit which could be converted into a large indoor trampoline park are definitely not jumping for joy at the bid.
Gravity Force has resubmitted a scheme for the facility at Unit 1, Alban Park, near Homebase off Hatfield Road, St Albans.
Planning consultants Fuller Long have told St Albans district council, which rejected an initial scheme in April, that converting the vacant 37,000 sq ft site, comprising a detached warehouse/production and office building, could generate up to 40 jobs.
The authority has been asked to allow a change of use from general industry to a trampoline park as Gravity Force, which already runs an indoor trampoline park in Camberley in Surrey, is looking to expand.
The plan is to convert the industrial unit into jumping areas for children of all ages, with connected trampolines. There would also be a foam pit to practice stunts and tricks, along with an area for sports such as dodge ball and volleyball.
Fuller Long said: “The proposal will bring an exciting new leisure concept to St Albans which is already proving successful in the USA and is taking off in the UK.”
The proposed opening hours are from 10am until 9pm, Monday to Thursday, 9am till 10pm Friday and Saturday, and 9am until 9pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
But the resubmitted scheme has annoyed residents, with one Swans Close resident objecting as, “the car park is 15 metres from the end of my garden which I would like to enjoy throughout the summer months.
“The exhaust fumes and noise from vehicles plus excited children will be intolerable. There will be no break from this in the evenings and weekends.”
An objection from Alban Park neighbour Selectagaze disputed the scheme’s suggestion that there was extensive demand for additional local leisure facilities, saying: “St Albans is well served [by] the rebuilt Westminster Lodge, Batchwood and a new leisure centre at London Colney”.
The firm added that with the application stating the unit would have capacity for 4,327 visitors per week, that would generate a lot of traffic at an already difficult junction, which could become ‘dangerous’.
Councillor for Colney Heath Chris Brazier said he had called the scheme in for a committee decision, to allow councillors the chance to debate the application.