A tennis club has been given the green light to install 10 LED floodlights at the third time of asking.

Braintree Council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of the proposals put forward by Gosfield Tennis club during a meeting on Tuesday evening.

Nine lighting columns will be put up around two of the club’s four courts, which are based off Braintree Road.

The lights can be operated between 4pm and 10pm on weekdays, while they must only be in used between 4pm and 6pm on Sundays.

Gosfield Tennis Club received praise from councillors after it had two similar applications refused due to concerns over the impact the lights would have on the environment.

Speaking during the meeting, councillor David Mann said: “We are balancing lighting and environment against the existing leisure use here.

“I think it is now acceptable and credit must go to the club for making the right changes.”

Residents living close to the club’s premises had made objections to the application.

They argued the new lighting would invade their privacy and harm the environment.

But councillors agreed with the club, which maintained the impact would be minimal.

They were satisfied the club had worked with planning officers to make sure the lights would have limited effect on neighbouring properties.