Sawmill noise undermines holiday letting

The conversion of an agricultural building in Derbyshire into holiday accommodation has been rejected due to potential noise disturbance from a nearby sawmill.

The entrance door to the mill lay directly opposite the appeal building and its curtilage. The mill door was open and noise from the operation was clearly audible during the inspector's site visit. While recognising that interior insulation could provide acceptable conditions for staff, she judged that noise levels outside the building would be likely to cause annoyance and disturbance.

Although the building would not be occupied permanently, the inspector reasoned that holidaymakers would want to sit out in the summer months and enjoy the peace of the countryside. In her opinion, it was just as important to protect the living conditions of temporary occupiers as permanent residents.

DCS Number 100-050-918

Inspector Susan Heywood; Hearing.

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