Barking hounds harm amenity of local residents in rural area

The change of use of stables in mid Wales to house a pack of hounds would unacceptably harm the amenity of local residents, an inspector has decided.

The appeal site occupied a rural area with dispersed residential properties and small farmsteads nearby. In support of his appeal the appellant submitted a noise assessment which examined the impact of dogs barking for 10 seconds in any hour and relied on the council’s environmental health officer who had raised no objection to the scheme.

Inadequate justification had been provided as to the use of a 10-second period for assessing noise, the inspector concluded, since in her opinion 50 dogs were likely to bark for longer. Nor had the appellant’s noise assessment followed British Standard 4142 on rating industrial noise. Background noise levels were very low and the unpredictable and intermittent nature of the noise was likely to be highly noticeable and unacceptable to those living in the vicinity.

Inspector: Vicki Hirst; Written representations

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