Noise fears and other objections dismissed as Whittlesey kennels plan approved by Fenland councillors
16:30 21 August 2014
Councillors accepted that the expected noise could be kept under control when they approved kennels for 40 dogs at Whittlesey.
Mrs and Mrs Tom Thorpe had submitted a 20 page environmental noise assessment report from Acoustic Associates of Peterborough which councillors agreed set out sufficient measures.
The report said they had included detail of noise monitoring at the site to establish the background noise level in the area. With computer modelling of the proposed building they were able to estimate its noise emissions to the nearest residents.
Fenland District Council Planning Committee approved the application for Partridge Farm, New Road, but insisted all acoustic fencing be installed at the beginning rather than as proposed in two phases as the kennels are established.
The committee was told there had been objections on the grounds of noise, traffic, wildlife and the poor state of repair of the road from three residents.
Whittlesey Town Council also objected on ground of noise pollution, that New Road formed part of a major cycle route and that New Road is a byway “and is not fit for purpose”.
Councillor Steve Garrett had asked the committee to determine the application “due to concerns relating to noise pollution, access and impact on the Lattersey nature reserve”.
But the committee agreed with council officers that the expansion of the business which is currently used for livery and horse riding “would not result in an unacceptable encroachment into rural countryside”.
They also felt noise mitigation measures would mean neighbours remained largely unaffected and that they would support policies which allow for expansion of rural businesses.