Animal noise generation lacks precision and clarity

An inspector has been sceptical as to the ability to control animal noise and smells emanating from a farm close to a planned development of 19 houses in Worcestershire.

400-005-532 (Image Credit: Wychavon DC)
400-005-532 (Image Credit: Wychavon DC)

The pedigree Aberdeen Angus herd, with up to 65 cows plus followers, was a highly regarded enterprise and calving took place between November and May in a livestock building close to the boundary of the appeal site. The appellant had undertaken an assessment of noise and odour over a 24-hour period in May when it was thought the building was fully stocked. But only 37 animals were in the building at the time, the inspector noted, and although the appellant had attempted to extrapolate the likely impact the precise calculations were unclear.

In the inspector's opinion there was a distinct and unpleasant odour at his site visit and it was unrealistic to assume that monitoring for a single period of 24 hours provided a robust assessment of the potential impacts over the course of a year. Calving, which often occurred at night, and weaning often led to significant noise levels and future occupiers would be unable to experience satisfactory living conditions. Consequently, it would not deliver a sustainable form of development.

Inspector: Paul Dignan; Written representations

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