Noise mitigation scheme from training centre rejected

The operators of a training centre in Nottinghamshire failed to secure approval of a noise mitigation scheme, an inspector being unconvinced that it would provide a satisfactory environment for nearby residents.

The appellant was a specialist ground engineering contractor occupying a site which contained offices, open storage of plant and machinery as well as a training facility. Before the new training facility was constructed it had been used to instruct staff and delegates and the appellant, in accordance with a recent permission for a new facility, submitted a noise plan and assessment. This provided an indication on noise levels when various machines were in use.

However, the inspector noted that training would occur on each weekday and Saturdays. This would provide insufficient respite from noise and activities when residents were likely to be in their gardens. Therefore, irrespective of whether the appeal site was already in use as a training facility prior to the new permission, the condition served a valid planning objective. Even limiting the period of training on Saturdays to between 8am and 4pm would not be acceptable and the details were not approved.

Inspector: Kate Mansell; Written representations

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