Planning permission gained for Zorbing

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Planning permission gained for Zorbing activity

February 2012

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The owners of SphereMania Nottingham, Europe’s longest Zorbing site based in Westwood, Nottingham have been celebrating after finally being granted planning permission to allow permanent land use for their extreme sporting activity. 
 
Zorbing involves up to two people being harnessed inside a large inflatable sphere and being pushed down a 300m hill, reaching speeds up to 30mph. It has seen thousands of thrill seekers visit the site since June 2009.
 
Planners from Fisher German LLP initially applied for planning permission in 2009; however the application was fully refused by the Ashfield District Council Planning Committee. An amended application was submitted only to be refused again in 2010. The owners appealed against this decision and at an appeal hearing held in 2011, temporary permission was granted by the Planning Inspectorate to allow the activity to continue for one season to allow noise levels to be monitored.
 
Following a Planning Committee meeting on 16th February a unanimous vote was reached to allow a permanent change in land use to allow this unusual activity to continue, as noise levels were demonstrated to be acceptable. 
 
Jenny Salt from Fisher German comments “Despite concerns raised by some local residents and Councillors and the political sensitivity of this application, the permanency of sphereing activity has been achieved at the site to the south of Main Road in Westwood.  

“Through combined efforts, we have successfully addressed all the concerns raised, reducing the misconception about the site through discussions with the local residents and Ashfield District Council’s Planning Department.”  
 
For more information, please contact Jenny Salt on 01530 410687 or email jenny.salt@fishergerman.co.uk. Alternatively, please visit  www.SphereMania.com.
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