DC Casebook: Community Facilities - Ritual bathing facility fails amenity test

The redevelopment of a pair of garages behind a north London synagogue to create a mikvah ritual bath has been rejected due to concerns over noise and disturbance for neighbours.

An inspector found it likely that at least three women might visit the site seven nights a week for at least 30 minutes. In his view, their arrival and departure could cause noise and disturbance late into the evening. He sympathised with the community's need for the mikvah and appreciated the discreet manner in which it would be used. However, he concluded that it would be detrimental to immediate neighbours' living conditions.

DCS Number 100-064-733

Inspector Richard Duggan; Written representations

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