Plans for five air domes over tennis courts at Wimbledon have been given the go ahead by Merton Council.
The world-famous tennis club in south-west London is made up of two sites on either side of Somerset Road.
The smaller site, used by members throughout the year and for warm-ups during the annual championships, is being replaced with a new building with six indoor courts, six outdoor clay courts and an underground car park.
Building work is set to start in August, so the club wants temporary air domes over five courts on the main site to allow members to still have the option to play indoors.
In an application, planners said: “The air domes are critical in ensuring the overall Wimbledon Master Plan is carried out without detriment to the Club’s facilities and so that Wimbledon continues to be regarded as the finest stage in world tennis.”
The application had a handful of objections from residents living in Somerset Road who said there would be noise from the generators running all night.
One said: “The existing background noise levels e.g. from the odd passing vehicle at night is very different from the constant noise emitted from five generators running 24 hours a day for three years.”
But members of Merton Council’s planning committee passed the plans unanimously without debate.