Planning Inspectorate APP/Q4625/W/19/3236046: A&A Recycling Services,
Meriden Quarry, Cornets End Lane, Meriden
Application ref: PL/2019/01286/VAR
Appeal Decision notice dated 18th March 2020. Appeal:- Dismissed

This application sought to vary the restriction on hours of working at this waste wood
recycling site in order to enable inward and outward deliveries and loading
operations only, for a temporary (trial) period of 18 months: 0600-2200 hours
Monday to Friday, 0600-1400 Saturdays, 0800-1400 hours Sundays. It was refused
due to concerns about the potential impact on the living conditions of the occupiers
of the nearest residential properties on Cornets End Lane, and this was the main
issue in the appeal.
The appellant had provided two environmental noise assessment reports but the
Inspector had concerns as to whether the data within those Noise Assessments
could be fully relied upon in assessing the potential effects on neighbouring living
conditions. Furthermore, The National Planning Policy for Waste 2014 (NPPW)
states amongst other things that when determining waste planning applications
consideration should be given to the likely impact on the local environment and on
amenity against the criteria set out in Appendix B of the NPPW. Criteria (j) under
Appendix B relating to ‘noise, light and vibration’ includes that the operation of large
waste management facilities can produce noise affecting both the inside and outside
of buildings, including noise from goods vehicle traffic movements to and from the
site. Noise from HGV’s was a concern raised by neighbours. The stated intention
of the appellant was to utilise the roads when they are less busy. However, these are
also times where local roads are likely to be quieter in terms of traffic noise. Nearby
residents are entitled to expect a greater degree of tranquillity outside hours that are
generally accepted as constituting the working week. Consequently, receptors are
likely to be more sensitive to changes to the noise environment at these times.
Dust and lighting were other issues raised but not found to be material to the
determination of the appeal.
The Inspector concluded that it had not been demonstrated that there would not be
unacceptable harm to the living conditions of nearby residential occupiers as a result
of an increase in noise and disturbance in the area associated with vehicle
movements on local roads during the proposed extended periods for inward and
outward deliveries, and he found that the existing condition imposed by the Council
is both reasonable and necessary.
The appeal was therefore dismissed.