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Future development plans turned down over potential future noise complaints

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Future development plans turned down over potential future noise complaints 6th November 2018

Plans to convert a building into six flats have been turned down after objectors raised concerns over future noise complaints by residents.

The applicant sought to convert the second and recessed third storey of the building at 586-588 Christchurch Road in Boscombe into six flats.

However Academy Music Group objected saying that future residents could cause problems for the venue by complaining about noise levels.

In a letter to the council the group said: “Although the noise levels caused by the normal operation of the venue are not in breach of statutory requirements and permitted under the terms of our licence, we are concerned that our ability to use the venue under its current licence would be severely compromised in the future by the inevitable complaints from occupiers of the development.”

The letter also drew attention to government guidance which required that planning authorities must carefully consider residential applications near live music venues as “existing noise levels from the business even if intermittent may be regarded as unacceptable by the new residents and subject to enforcement action”.

The planning application was rejected on, among others, these grounds.

Source: Bournemouth Echo

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