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Hearing to be held over noise of lorries

By Shepton Mallet Journal  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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A formal planning inquiry is now to be held to solve the long-running problems of lorries disturbing the peace of Evercreech residents.

Refrigeration firm Peter Green Chilled has found itself in hot water with neighbours fed up with noise of lorries left for hours with engines running to keep products chilled.

Last September Mendip District Council, inundated with complaints from irate residents near the firm's base on the Leighton Lane Industrial Estate in the village, gave the company three months to sort out the issues.

The long-running problems stem from lorries with refrigerated units carrying chilled products turning up on site without adequate hook-up connections for their vehicles.

Unable to hook into the company's electrical power supply systems, the drivers leave engines running to keep loads refrigerated until unloading can take place.

It is the noise from the running engines, plus diesel fumes, that have led to a long-running impasse between angry residents and the company.

Planning permission for Peter Green Chilled's new manufacturing and storage premises at the site was granted in 2007.

But one of the main conditions was that all parked vehicles with refrigeration units should connect to the provided electrical power supply at all times – to prevent any noise nuisance for neighbours.

Following ongoing complaints from neighbours Mendip District Council served a breach of condition notice on the firm.

The company submitted an application to vary that condition – to allow vehicles without hook-up facilities to still arrive and run their engines – but in a designated parking area.

Also crucial to solving the noise problems was the completion of a bund and fence round the site which would go a long way to shield neighbours from the noise.

Councillors refused to allow the variation of the condition and served notice on Peter Green Chilled, giving the firm three months to sort the problems out.

The company lodged an appeal against that refusal of permission which was to be dealt with through written representations.

But this week it was announced the Planning Inspectorate will now deal with the matter through an informal hearing instead.

This will be held at 10am on Tuesday, August 21, in the Committee Room at the Mendip District Council Offices at Cannard's Grave Road, Shepton Mallet

All representations already received will be taken into account by the Planning Inspector.

Anyone wishing to make any additional written comments should submit them in triplicate by July 10 to the Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/22 Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN quoting the appeal reference number APP/Q3305/A/11/2167114/NWF.

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