New planning battle for war games business
A Thorney war games business that was forced to close when it lost a planning appeal has put in a new planning application to Peterborough City Council.
Battlefield Live, based at Old Hall Farm, French Drove, was forced to close in the summer and owner Nigel Simmons was looking for another location to locate the business.
Now he has decided to submit revised plans, with revised layout and screening.
Battlefield Live, allows groups to play war games against each other, but unlike paintball, it uses guns firing bolts of infra-red light to score hits on the opposition. It was rated number one in Peterborough in the Fun and Games category on Trip Advisor.
Originally, Peterborough City Council officers recommended approval, but it was turned down by councillors following objections by residents concerned about noise.
Mr Simons, appealed against that decision, but heard in April that the planning tribunal had upheld the original decision.
“I don’t want to be bitter,” he said after closing down. “I have to take it on the chin, but it’s a shame that facts have been distorted. I guess people are just worried that the business will affect their house prices.”
The new application is for a games arena about half the size of the original and surrounded by 2m high acoustic fencing. The application also includes car parking and conversion of barns to a reception areas and refreshments room.
Full plans can be seen here: