Planning Inspector backs us over Masons application

Over the last few months, Green King, the company behind the Masons Arms pub, has been trying to achieve a relaxation of the planning rules intended to reduce its impact on local residents.

The company had claimed that a planning condition imposed by the council, which meant that outdoor music could not be played in the pub grounds, was not valid and should be repealed.

We have always argued that the importance of the night time economy must be balanced with the needs of neighbouring residents, and opposed the repeal of the condition. We were supported by the council, but the pub chain appealed the local decision to the government’s Planning Inspector.

Fortunately, earlier this month the inspector upheld the local decision and rejected the appeal.

In the decision, he says;

“The playing of music externally, whether recorded music or live music in the form of the occasional music festivals referred to by both main parties, is likely to add to the already significant noise environment surrounding the appeal site… I conclude that the disputed condition is satisfies the 6 tests set out in the Framework and that its removal would cause material harm to the living conditions of occupiers of the residential properties closest to the appeal site on Willow Court, Northfield Road and opposite on Bawtry Road. The condition is therefore necessary to protect the amenity of residents in the local area… The appeal should therefore be dismissed.”

You can read the decision in full here.

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