South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18)

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County Council Acoustics Specialist 24 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Town Centre Regeneration and Retail Protection of Retail Uses in Primary Shopping Areas Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1412
I note that Policy TC7 deals with the protection of retail areas from 'change of use' development but makes no mention with regard to the issues that might arise from the introduction of noise sensitivity resulting from use of new development, and the potential constraint this might have on nearby retail or commercial functions. Part f might therefore be adapted by extending the given text to state 'give rise to or have amenity compromised by noise, smell or other environmental problem'.
County Council Acoustics Specialist 24 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Pollution Control Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1413
Policy EQ8 – Pollution Control identifies noise as a pollutant but fails to identify vibration. I am also unclear on what is meant by the wording 'the potential adverse effects would be mitigated to an acceptable level by other environmental controls'. I would expect development acceptability to be solely based on planning control assessing, and concluding that the mitigation measures included in the proposal were effective. Policy EQ8 details the need to consider the design of noise sensitive
County Council Acoustics Specialist 24 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Housing Agricultural, forestry and other occupational dwellings in the countryside Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1414
Policy HG18 details considerations for workers housing within rural development land and requires this meet a number of tests. I note that the list does not include consideration of the potential land use conflicts that might arise if a new residential amenity expectation is granted in a location effected by an established nearby land use that gives rise to, or is expected to give rise to, environmental impacts. This situation can happen if a farm sells part of its asset for a commercial operati
County Council Acoustics Specialist 24 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Design / General Development Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1408
My comments on the Options Plan are not on the specific development sites listed, but are focussed on how the topics of noise and vibration are covered in policy and supporting text. I have considered the Options Plan and both its specific reference to noise and vibration in policies or its indirect reference to these topics as might be expected within the requirements to provide sustainable design or in the pursuit of Wellbeing objectives, as within Policy EQ2 (General development and design).
County Council Acoustics Specialist 24 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Health and Wellbeing Site Specific Mitigation Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1415
Policy HW1 focusses on the provision of outdoor playing space and I consider text that supports this policy should draw attention to the potential noise from this type of development that might impact on residential amenity. The Options Plan might identify how these impacts might vary with respect to the types of sporting uses, times of use, intensity of use and days of use. This would appear helpful when providing development 'clarity' as advocated in the third bullet point of section 13.3. The
County Council Acoustics Specialist 24 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Health and Wellbeing Site Specific Mitigation Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1416
In support for Policy HW2 section 13.13 it might also highlight the aural benefits of Green Infrastructure as the presence of some features such as trees and water features can help to enhance tranquillity by providing noise masking to reduce the significance of other unwanted urban noise. A link to 'Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment' https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/25-year-environment-plan may also be helpful. Section 13.6 expresses an intention to promote co
County Council Acoustics Specialist 24 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Yeovil Yeovil Airfield Flight Safety Zone Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1409
Searches on the term 'noise' in the Options Plan reveal direct mention within the 'Conserving and enhancing the natural environment' the Strategic Objectives of the Plan(3.5-10). Further indirect consideration arises within the objectives of 'effective use of land', 'well design places', 'promoting healthy and safe communities' and 'delivering a sufficient supply of homes'. The noise impacts of aircraft within the Yeovil, Ilchester and Ilton areas are also highlighted with a need for considerati
County Council Acoustics Specialist 24 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Environmental Quality Pollution Control Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1410
Searches on the term 'noise' in the Options Plan reveal direct mention within the 'Conserving and enhancing the natural environment' the Strategic Objectives of the Plan(3.5-10). Further indirect consideration arises within the objectives of 'effective use of land', 'well design places', 'promoting healthy and safe communities' and 'delivering a sufficient supply of homes'. The noise impacts of aircraft within the Yeovil, Ilchester and Ilton areas are also highlighted with a need for considerati
County Council Acoustics Specialist 24 Sep 2019

South Somerset Local Plan Review 2016-2036 Preferred Options Consultation (Regulation 18) Housing Gypsies, Travellers and Travelling Showpeople Text Block

  • Comment ID: 1411
Reference to noise is made within Policy HG6 with regard to the accommodation needs of travelling people. Part (iii)e identifies the health risk that might be presented by noise at some site locations and it may be helpful if the Plan clarifies if different standards of noise amenity might be thought to be appropriate between residential pitches and transit pitches. In this regard I consider both types of site allocation should be able to provide a reasonable expectation that sleep would be poss