DC Casebook: Food and drink uses - Generator operation limited due to noise

An inspector has allowed the temporary use of a generator at a hotel in a Kent conservation area but concluded that permanent permission would be entirely inappropriate.

The generator provided electricity for kitchen equipment and air conditioning in a separate annexe and was required until a utility company could provide a permanent electricity supply. In granting permission, the council had imposed a condition restricting its use to no more than three occasions in any month and a maximum duration of two hours on each occasion.

The appellant argued that the level of business justified more flexibility and sought to operate the generator until 10pm each day. The inspector found it appropriate to limit the impact of noise and fumes from the engine, which emitted a loud hum audible in the vicinity of a listed church and at a nearby home. He granted planning permission for its retention for a period of three months.

DCS Number 100-069-589

Inspector Tony Bingham; Written representations.

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