Acoustic fencing mitigates noise from adjacent stone contractor

After granting permission for a revised scheme a local planning authority in Warwickshire decided not to oppose an appeal involving 147 units on a former employment area and adjacent to a stone working depot.

The appellants pursued the appeal on the basis that some of the conditions imposed by the council in respect of the approved scheme were disputed, in particular on highway safety and noise. Since the council provided no evidence to support its original objections the inspector interrogated the appellant’s evidence and decided that provided an acoustic screen was erected, when coupled with the planned orientation of some of the units, no adverse impact on the living conditions of residents would arise. Even if the stone contractor started night-time working this would not give rise to severe impacts and would be unlikely to generate complaints which would adversely affect the viability of the business. Nor was the scheme likely to give rise to harmful conflicts between pedestrians and vehicles.

Inspector: Mel Middleton; Inquiry


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