Cllr Gilchrist asked about distances and whether the nearest house was less than 30m away. He also asked what materials the canopy would be constructed of as he would prefer it to absorb rather than reflect the sound. The officer replied that the material used would be glass and that separation distances don’t apply as the use was already established by a previous permission. He also said the issue of overlooking or loss of privacy doesn’t apply.
Cllr Kelly said he didn’t know if the proposal exacerbated the problem. He said there were two views, one expressed by the petitioner that it would amplify the sound and the agents view it would not. He said if the canopy did affect the noise it could put the licence at risk.
Cllr Boult said it was a big grey area and he was not 100% sure. He referred to the Environmental Health investigation into the noise problem. Cllr Mitchell said it would be beneficial to defer it to a later date because of noise attenuation. This was seconded by Cllr Salter. Deferring was approved by all except Cllr Realey who voted against deferral.