Industrial noise levels too high for satisfactory living conditions

The potential noise generated from an industrial unit in Cornwall has been sufficient to convince an inspector that nine dwellings on an adjoining site should be refused permission.

The appellant had submitted a noise survey based on noise exposure categories contained within the revoked PPG24. This analysis confirmed that residents would be subject to night-time noise levels of up to 57 decibels which was at the limit of acceptability. But this level was exceeded on a number of occasions during the night and the appellant could not explain what these ‘spikes’ were. In order to ensure that noise levels within the dwellings were acceptable, the windows would need to be closed for large parts of the time. Mitigating external noise levels within the garden was more problematic, the inspector determined, and since there were no restrictions on vehicle movements or loading/unloading at the industrial unit, in his opinion future occupiers were unlikely to experience a satisfactory living environment. The fact that there was a need for open market and affordable housing did not outweigh this concern.

Inspector: Chris Preston; Hearing

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