Casebook: Appeal cases - Housing New Build - Fighter base noise rules out bungalow proposal

A proposed bungalow in North Yorkshire has been rejected on the grounds that it would provide unsatisfactory living conditions for future occupiers due to its proximity to a military airfield.

The site formed part of the garden of a bungalow with views across the runways of a fighter base equipped with Tornados. The inspector reasoned that the presence of occupied and well-maintained dwellings on either side of the runways suggested that it was possible for people to live in close proximity to the aerodrome.

However, he felt that the levels of noise he experienced during his site visit would normally be considered unacceptable for residential development.

He concluded that its volume was such that particularly effective sound insulation would be needed to overcome its impact. As no such scheme was before him, he decided that the bungalow would not provide satisfactory living conditions.

DCS No: 52505962; Inspector: Graham Garnham; Written representations.

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