A teenage tennis ace, from Earlswood, has been allowed to keep his fluorescent orange court, on the condition it is changed to a slightly less eye-catching green.
Sixteen-year-old Mason Recci, who has ambitions to one day play at Wimbledon, will be able to continue to train at home after his father Martin’s retrospective planning permission was granted last week.
Coming before Solihull Council’s planning committee for a third time, the application was approved with conditions that the court was repainted, floodlights would not be used after 9pm, and the Liquid Propane Gas (LPG) tanks were removed.
Representing the Recci family, Richard Cobb told the committee: “My client Mr Recci is unable to be here
“His son has been an international tennis player. This is an important facility for his education.
“His entire future is depending on achieving good results.”
Planners voted to approve the tennis court, on land adjacent to Grove House in Tanners Green Lane, Earlswood, by eight in favour with one abstention.
Coun Robert Hulland (Con, Silhill) said: “Let it not be said that Solihull Council doesn’t support its developing sports people.
“We wanted to support Mr Recci’s ambitions in becoming a world-class tennis champion.”
Speaking to the Solihull News after an earlier hearing, Martin Recci, company director of The Best Connection Group Ltd, said: “Tennis at a junior international level is such a massive commitment and affects the whole family arranging daily training programmes, additional education, tournament entry, international travel and much more.
“We don’t even have the benefit of the weather in this country so every bit of help we can get is very much welcomed.”