Southampton star Adam Lallana sparks complaints with pitch in his back garden

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Saints captain Adam Lallana is at the centre of a row over a sports pitch he has built in his garden.

The Southampton midfielder, who is currently in Miami as part of England’s World Cup squad, who take on Ecuador in a friendly tomorrow night, has been told to either make alterations to the multi-use games area at his home on the Hampshire and Dorset border or submit a retrospective planning application.

The development has sparked complaints from Adam’s neighbours, who are concerned about the prospect of noisy football and basketball matches.

Adam, who is at the centre of a £25m bid from Liverpool over the weekend, submitted a planning application in December seeking retrospective permission for a children’s wooden play area in his garden.

In this application his planning agent said he also planned a “small Astro Turf pitch” which would meet the criteria of permitted development.

His neighbour Brian Riley, who has lived with his wife Constance at their Avon Castle home, near Ringwood, for more than 20 years, said: “We understand kids need somewhere to play and we have no problem with that.

“But then we saw builders and welders arrive on site and we couldn’t work out what was going on. We saw this sports pitch being built and we just couldn’t believe it.

“The enforcement officer told us it was more in-keeping with a council play park than a garden in a Special Character Area.

“He was given 28 days to submit a planning application but that deadline has gone, he’s done nothing and the council haven’t taken any further action.”

Giles Moir, from East Dorset District Council, said: “Every applicant is dealt with in the same way. Our team have been in contact with the agent for this development throughout the investigation process and we anticipate an application for the area very soon.”

Star’s apology to neighbours

MIKE Hirsh, planning consultant at Intelligent Land, is acting for the footballer.

He said: “The area of hard standing to be used as a knock-about pitch in the garden has been agreed by East Dorset District Council as ‘permitted development’ and does not need planning permission.

“The majority of the fencing around the hard standing is two metres or less in height and also does not need planning permission. Over the small goal areas at each end of the playing surface the fencing has been raised to support a basketball hoop. Technically that part needs planning permission as it is more than two metres in height.

“My client went around to the neighbour the day after the enforcement officer’s unexpected visit to his home, and apologised for causing the problem and has instructed a landscape architect to prepare a scheme to mitigate the visual impact of the hoop and the associated structure.”

He said a retrospective planning application would be submitted.

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6:19am Tue 3 Jun 14

IOAD says...

Clattenberg was right, eh?
Clattenberg was right, eh? IOAD
  • Score: 34

7:45am Tue 3 Jun 14

Stroppy_gramps says...

interesting that this story comes out now

character assassination?
interesting that this story comes out now character assassination? Stroppy_gramps
  • Score: 14

7:45am Tue 3 Jun 14

Costa Baz says...

Yep
Yep Costa Baz
  • Score: 12

7:54am Tue 3 Jun 14

saintinpattaya says...

Miserable neighbours. A basketball hoop!!!!!
Cretins.
Get a life.
Miserable neighbours. A basketball hoop!!!!! Cretins. Get a life. saintinpattaya
  • Score: -14

8:10am Tue 3 Jun 14

Jonny Maths says...

Stroppy_gramps wrote:
interesting that this story comes out now

character assassination?
he is assassinating his own character.... no help needed from neighbours whose peace and quiet is about to be wrecked....
[quote][p][bold]Stroppy_gramps[/bold] wrote: interesting that this story comes out now character assassination?[/p][/quote]he is assassinating his own character.... no help needed from neighbours whose peace and quiet is about to be wrecked.... Jonny Maths
  • Score: 14

8:22am Tue 3 Jun 14

Crossley Place Saint says...

The neighbours just need a little patience, doubtless the property will be on the market very soon when Adam moves house to Alderley Edge or the Wirral.
The neighbours just need a little patience, doubtless the property will be on the market very soon when Adam moves house to Alderley Edge or the Wirral. Crossley Place Saint
  • Score: 22

8:39am Tue 3 Jun 14

SFC4EVA says...

Bore off!
Bore off! SFC4EVA
  • Score: -1

8:45am Tue 3 Jun 14

Hastagger says...

I have a feeling he might be moving soon anyway! #trends #LFC #SFC #justsayin #holdoutfor30
I have a feeling he might be moving soon anyway! #trends #LFC #SFC #justsayin #holdoutfor30 Hastagger
  • Score: 0

8:51am Tue 3 Jun 14

camerajuan says...

Wah wah! What a whiny git!

He should come down St Mary's & see what people do in their gardens before complaining about a mini sports arena!
Wah wah! What a whiny git! He should come down St Mary's & see what people do in their gardens before complaining about a mini sports arena! camerajuan
  • Score: 0

9:36am Tue 3 Jun 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

doubt it will be his garden for much longer , so could be a bonus for the sale !
doubt it will be his garden for much longer , so could be a bonus for the sale ! SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 5

9:43am Tue 3 Jun 14

killared says...

Lallana has done nothing wrong and don't have to apologies to that old goat !
Lallana has done nothing wrong and don't have to apologies to that old goat ! killared
  • Score: 0

9:46am Tue 3 Jun 14

mickey01 says...

why does he say he understands kids need somewhere to play the baby cant even walk yet can it !!!!
why does he say he understands kids need somewhere to play the baby cant even walk yet can it !!!! mickey01
  • Score: -4

10:08am Tue 3 Jun 14

ToastyTea says...

I would be slightly miffed to if that ugly thing had been built next door to me
I would be slightly miffed to if that ugly thing had been built next door to me ToastyTea
  • Score: 6

10:14am Tue 3 Jun 14

St.Winch70 says...

Stop craning your head out of the bedroom window and standing on ladders to look over the fence and you might not notice it so much!
'Hello my name is......and I am a nosey neighbour!'
Stop craning your head out of the bedroom window and standing on ladders to look over the fence and you might not notice it so much! 'Hello my name is......and I am a nosey neighbour!' St.Winch70
  • Score: 9

10:27am Tue 3 Jun 14

ilovelamp says...

Hes acting like hes installed a gokarting track. Better for him with the barriers there the ball doesn't get kicked into his garden. Boring git
Hes acting like hes installed a gokarting track. Better for him with the barriers there the ball doesn't get kicked into his garden. Boring git ilovelamp
  • Score: 5

10:29am Tue 3 Jun 14

footballcrazy says...

SPIKEISLANDTRADER wrote:
doubt it will be his garden for much longer , so could be a bonus for the sale !
maybe another footballer or family with children after all not retirement homes are they
[quote][p][bold]SPIKEISLANDTRADER[/bold] wrote: doubt it will be his garden for much longer , so could be a bonus for the sale ![/p][/quote]maybe another footballer or family with children after all not retirement homes are they footballcrazy
  • Score: 4

10:34am Tue 3 Jun 14

footballcrazy says...

Stroppy_gramps wrote:
interesting that this story comes out now

character assassination?
why go to paper? why not discuss with adam who clearly as he went around to apologise does not want to upset people.. no wonder he put in for transfer with neighbours like him.
[quote][p][bold]Stroppy_gramps[/bold] wrote: interesting that this story comes out now character assassination?[/p][/quote]why go to paper? why not discuss with adam who clearly as he went around to apologise does not want to upset people.. no wonder he put in for transfer with neighbours like him. footballcrazy
  • Score: 12

11:26am Tue 3 Jun 14

noodlesnewman says...

footballcrazy wrote:
Stroppy_gramps wrote:
interesting that this story comes out now

character assassination?
why go to paper? why not discuss with adam who clearly as he went around to apologise does not want to upset people.. no wonder he put in for transfer with neighbours like him.
if he puts in transfer request he gonna turn at least 40 ,000 addoring saints fans against him , who thought he was a saint through and through , we shall see how this pans out , if lallana goes dont be under any illusion he WONT get the same blessing we gave rick !
[quote][p][bold]footballcrazy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stroppy_gramps[/bold] wrote: interesting that this story comes out now character assassination?[/p][/quote]why go to paper? why not discuss with adam who clearly as he went around to apologise does not want to upset people.. no wonder he put in for transfer with neighbours like him.[/p][/quote]if he puts in transfer request he gonna turn at least 40 ,000 addoring saints fans against him , who thought he was a saint through and through , we shall see how this pans out , if lallana goes dont be under any illusion he WONT get the same blessing we gave rick ! noodlesnewman
  • Score: 3

11:53am Tue 3 Jun 14

bobby the crane says...

Saw something funny on facebook today a picture of the Dell & great big posters stating SALE SALE EVERYTHING MUST GO very apt
Saw something funny on facebook today a picture of the Dell & great big posters stating SALE SALE EVERYTHING MUST GO very apt bobby the crane
  • Score: 3

11:56am Tue 3 Jun 14

townieboy says...

Be moaning about th FOR SALE sign soon i guess.
Be moaning about th FOR SALE sign soon i guess. townieboy
  • Score: 2

12:46pm Tue 3 Jun 14

kiddynamite says...

what a miserable old git. Get a life, Its none of the neighbours business what he does in his garden.
what a miserable old git. Get a life, Its none of the neighbours business what he does in his garden. kiddynamite
  • Score: 3

12:46pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Rockhopper says...

I agree with the neighbours that development looks awful.
More suited to a Council park than a residential property.
As agents what advice were Intelligent Land giving Lallana?
They appear as much to blame as him!
I agree with the neighbours that development looks awful. More suited to a Council park than a residential property. As agents what advice were Intelligent Land giving Lallana? They appear as much to blame as him! Rockhopper
  • Score: 4

12:50pm Tue 3 Jun 14

kiddynamite says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
footballcrazy wrote:
Stroppy_gramps wrote:
interesting that this story comes out now

character assassination?
why go to paper? why not discuss with adam who clearly as he went around to apologise does not want to upset people.. no wonder he put in for transfer with neighbours like him.
if he puts in transfer request he gonna turn at least 40 ,000 addoring saints fans against him , who thought he was a saint through and through , we shall see how this pans out , if lallana goes dont be under any illusion he WONT get the same blessing we gave rick !
And you think Adam will care?
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]footballcrazy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stroppy_gramps[/bold] wrote: interesting that this story comes out now character assassination?[/p][/quote]why go to paper? why not discuss with adam who clearly as he went around to apologise does not want to upset people.. no wonder he put in for transfer with neighbours like him.[/p][/quote]if he puts in transfer request he gonna turn at least 40 ,000 addoring saints fans against him , who thought he was a saint through and through , we shall see how this pans out , if lallana goes dont be under any illusion he WONT get the same blessing we gave rick ![/p][/quote]And you think Adam will care? kiddynamite
  • Score: 4

12:53pm Tue 3 Jun 14

kiddynamite says...

That looks like a play park not a Pitch as the DE put it. How hard is it DE? I see better grammar and English on Facebook than in your 'Newspaper'
That looks like a play park not a Pitch as the DE put it. How hard is it DE? I see better grammar and English on Facebook than in your 'Newspaper' kiddynamite
  • Score: -2

1:00pm Tue 3 Jun 14

teddrake says...

kiddynamite wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
footballcrazy wrote:
Stroppy_gramps wrote:
interesting that this story comes out now

character assassination?
why go to paper? why not discuss with adam who clearly as he went around to apologise does not want to upset people.. no wonder he put in for transfer with neighbours like him.
if he puts in transfer request he gonna turn at least 40 ,000 addoring saints fans against him , who thought he was a saint through and through , we shall see how this pans out , if lallana goes dont be under any illusion he WONT get the same blessing we gave rick !
And you think Adam will care?
When he does leave, I will respect him every bit as much as I did before. He's been a brilliant player, loyal to Saints and a nice guy. I'm sure that he will get a brilliant reception at St Marys in recognition of his service to Saints. Who would begrudge him the opportunity of playing football in the CL when he has stayed with us and been a proud representative of the club over more than a decade?
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]footballcrazy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stroppy_gramps[/bold] wrote: interesting that this story comes out now character assassination?[/p][/quote]why go to paper? why not discuss with adam who clearly as he went around to apologise does not want to upset people.. no wonder he put in for transfer with neighbours like him.[/p][/quote]if he puts in transfer request he gonna turn at least 40 ,000 addoring saints fans against him , who thought he was a saint through and through , we shall see how this pans out , if lallana goes dont be under any illusion he WONT get the same blessing we gave rick ![/p][/quote]And you think Adam will care?[/p][/quote]When he does leave, I will respect him every bit as much as I did before. He's been a brilliant player, loyal to Saints and a nice guy. I'm sure that he will get a brilliant reception at St Marys in recognition of his service to Saints. Who would begrudge him the opportunity of playing football in the CL when he has stayed with us and been a proud representative of the club over more than a decade? teddrake
  • Score: 8

1:04pm Tue 3 Jun 14

CharlieOxbridge says...

Yet people with trampolines in their back garden is fine!
Yet people with trampolines in their back garden is fine! CharlieOxbridge
  • Score: 6

2:06pm Tue 3 Jun 14

deepheat says...

Here are some complaint letters (allegedly) sent to councils and housing associations throughout the UK

1. I want some repairs done to my cooker as it has backfired and burnt my knob off.

2. I wish to complain that my father hurt his ankle very badly when he put his foot in the hole in his back passage.

3. … and their 18 year old son is continually banging his balls against my fence.

4. I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet roof. I think it was bad wind the other night that blew them off.

5. My lavatory seat is cracked, where do I stand.

6. I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is coming away from the wall.

7. Will you please send someone to mend the garden path. My wife tripped and fell on it yesterday and now she is pregnant. We are getting married in September and we would like it in the garden before we move into the house.

8. I request permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen. 50% of the walls are damp, 50% have crumbling plaster and the rest are plain filthy.

9. The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared.

10. Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny colour and not fit to drink.

11. Our lavatory seat is broken in half and is now in three pieces.

12. Would you please send a man to repair my spout. I am an old age pensioner and need it badly.

13. I want to complain about the farmer across the road; every morning at 6am his **** wakes me up and its now getting too much for me.

14. The man next door has a large erection in the back garden, which is unsightly and dangerous.

15. Our kitchen floor is damp. We have two children and would like a third so please send someone round to do something about it.

16. I am a single woman living in a downstairs flat and would you please do something about the noise made by the man I have on top of me every night.

17. Please send a man with the right tool to finish the job and satisfy my wife.

18. I have had the clerk of the works down on the floor six times but I still have no satisfaction.

19. This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is broken and we can't get BBC2.

20. My bush is really overgrown round the front and my back passage has fungus growing in it.

21. ... and he's got this huge tool that vibrates the whole house and I just can't take it anymore.

22. ... it’s his excuse for dogs’ mess that I find hard to swallow.
Here are some complaint letters (allegedly) sent to councils and housing associations throughout the UK 1. I want some repairs done to my cooker as it has backfired and burnt my knob off. 2. I wish to complain that my father hurt his ankle very badly when he put his foot in the hole in his back passage. 3. … and their 18 year old son is continually banging his balls against my fence. 4. I wish to report that tiles are missing from the outside toilet roof. I think it was bad wind the other night that blew them off. 5. My lavatory seat is cracked, where do I stand. 6. I am writing on behalf of my sink, which is coming away from the wall. 7. Will you please send someone to mend the garden path. My wife tripped and fell on it yesterday and now she is pregnant. We are getting married in September and we would like it in the garden before we move into the house. 8. I request permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen. 50% of the walls are damp, 50% have crumbling plaster and the rest are plain filthy. 9. The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared. 10. Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny colour and not fit to drink. 11. Our lavatory seat is broken in half and is now in three pieces. 12. Would you please send a man to repair my spout. I am an old age pensioner and need it badly. 13. I want to complain about the farmer across the road; every morning at 6am his **** wakes me up and its now getting too much for me. 14. The man next door has a large erection in the back garden, which is unsightly and dangerous. 15. Our kitchen floor is damp. We have two children and would like a third so please send someone round to do something about it. 16. I am a single woman living in a downstairs flat and would you please do something about the noise made by the man I have on top of me every night. 17. Please send a man with the right tool to finish the job and satisfy my wife. 18. I have had the clerk of the works down on the floor six times but I still have no satisfaction. 19. This is to let you know that our lavatory seat is broken and we can't get BBC2. 20. My bush is really overgrown round the front and my back passage has fungus growing in it. 21. ... and he's got this huge tool that vibrates the whole house and I just can't take it anymore. 22. ... it’s his excuse for dogs’ mess that I find hard to swallow. deepheat
  • Score: 14

3:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Galapagos Saint says...

kiddynamite wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
footballcrazy wrote:
Stroppy_gramps wrote:
interesting that this story comes out now

character assassination?
why go to paper? why not discuss with adam who clearly as he went around to apologise does not want to upset people.. no wonder he put in for transfer with neighbours like him.
if he puts in transfer request he gonna turn at least 40 ,000 addoring saints fans against him , who thought he was a saint through and through , we shall see how this pans out , if lallana goes dont be under any illusion he WONT get the same blessing we gave rick !
And you think Adam will care?
Not with 75k a week!
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]footballcrazy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stroppy_gramps[/bold] wrote: interesting that this story comes out now character assassination?[/p][/quote]why go to paper? why not discuss with adam who clearly as he went around to apologise does not want to upset people.. no wonder he put in for transfer with neighbours like him.[/p][/quote]if he puts in transfer request he gonna turn at least 40 ,000 addoring saints fans against him , who thought he was a saint through and through , we shall see how this pans out , if lallana goes dont be under any illusion he WONT get the same blessing we gave rick ![/p][/quote]And you think Adam will care?[/p][/quote]Not with 75k a week! Galapagos Saint
  • Score: 1

3:41pm Tue 3 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Big whop, whoever buys it will now have a nice pitch to play on. He cant stay there, Avon Castle to Melwood sure is a long way!
Big whop, whoever buys it will now have a nice pitch to play on. He cant stay there, Avon Castle to Melwood sure is a long way! 03alpe01
  • Score: 0

5:16pm Tue 3 Jun 14

footballcrazy says...

Stroppy_gramps wrote:
interesting that this story comes out now

character assassination?
in order to see has to look out of upstairs window. not even next to his fence. no wonder adam wants to go
[quote][p][bold]Stroppy_gramps[/bold] wrote: interesting that this story comes out now character assassination?[/p][/quote]in order to see has to look out of upstairs window. not even next to his fence. no wonder adam wants to go footballcrazy
  • Score: 1

5:26pm Tue 3 Jun 14

kiddynamite says...

kiddynamite wrote:
That looks like a play park not a Pitch as the DE put it. How hard is it DE? I see better grammar and English on Facebook than in your 'Newspaper'
Disliked by the editor and his mates i reckon. lol
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: That looks like a play park not a Pitch as the DE put it. How hard is it DE? I see better grammar and English on Facebook than in your 'Newspaper'[/p][/quote]Disliked by the editor and his mates i reckon. lol kiddynamite
  • Score: -2

8:31pm Tue 3 Jun 14

leahcozens says...

Some people make me sick, I'm pretty certain that the neighbours probably wouldn't even hear any noise etc from these potential sports pitches as the houses are so big, that I doubt they'd even see them! The area is not like where I live, my neighbours house is attached to mine! In that case I could understand! Lol. I think people need to get life, and stop moaning about petty little things.
Some people make me sick, I'm pretty certain that the neighbours probably wouldn't even hear any noise etc from these potential sports pitches as the houses are so big, that I doubt they'd even see them! The area is not like where I live, my neighbours house is attached to mine! In that case I could understand! Lol. I think people need to get life, and stop moaning about petty little things. leahcozens
  • Score: 0

10:54pm Tue 3 Jun 14

search for the truth says...

leahcozens wrote:
Some people make me sick, I'm pretty certain that the neighbours probably wouldn't even hear any noise etc from these potential sports pitches as the houses are so big, that I doubt they'd even see them! The area is not like where I live, my neighbours house is attached to mine! In that case I could understand! Lol. I think people need to get life, and stop moaning about petty little things.
He'll probably move to Formby or Freshfield, just around the corner from Steven Gerard.
[quote][p][bold]leahcozens[/bold] wrote: Some people make me sick, I'm pretty certain that the neighbours probably wouldn't even hear any noise etc from these potential sports pitches as the houses are so big, that I doubt they'd even see them! The area is not like where I live, my neighbours house is attached to mine! In that case I could understand! Lol. I think people need to get life, and stop moaning about petty little things.[/p][/quote]He'll probably move to Formby or Freshfield, just around the corner from Steven Gerard. search for the truth
  • Score: 1

11:28pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Saint1980 says...

Rockhopper wrote:
I agree with the neighbours that development looks awful.
More suited to a Council park than a residential property.
As agents what advice were Intelligent Land giving Lallana?
They appear as much to blame as him!
Get a life fool
[quote][p][bold]Rockhopper[/bold] wrote: I agree with the neighbours that development looks awful. More suited to a Council park than a residential property. As agents what advice were Intelligent Land giving Lallana? They appear as much to blame as him![/p][/quote]Get a life fool Saint1980
  • Score: 0

10:23am Thu 5 Jun 14

KSO16R says...

Saint1980 wrote:
Rockhopper wrote:
I agree with the neighbours that development looks awful.
More suited to a Council park than a residential property.
As agents what advice were Intelligent Land giving Lallana?
They appear as much to blame as him!
Get a life fool
Why a fool? The fools are the ones who think it okay to flout planning laws just because you are famous, rich. Even bigger fools are those that idolise the rich and famous.
[quote][p][bold]Saint1980[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rockhopper[/bold] wrote: I agree with the neighbours that development looks awful. More suited to a Council park than a residential property. As agents what advice were Intelligent Land giving Lallana? They appear as much to blame as him![/p][/quote]Get a life fool[/p][/quote]Why a fool? The fools are the ones who think it okay to flout planning laws just because you are famous, rich. Even bigger fools are those that idolise the rich and famous. KSO16R
  • Score: 0

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