Council to rule on neighbours’ dispute

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Councillors are set to rule on a dispute between neighbours over whether a shared space for a barrel cutting and holiday let business is appropriate on a site in Elmsett.

Babergh District Council’s planning committee was asked yesterday to make a decision on an application to turn a barn into holiday lets, next to a small barrel cutting business, which turns barrels into garden features and flower pots.

Ward councillor Robert Lindsay, who says he support improvements to tourism in the area, requested that the planning committee stepped in to rule on the case after an opposing neighbour hired a solicitor.

If passed, the modern barn at Paigle Old Barn in Ipswich Road – owned by John Simmons – will be turned into two holiday lets.

Opposition to the plans has come from neighbouring farm owner Pauline House, who says holiday properties would be inappropriate next to the barrel cutting business, due to noise from power tools used to cut and wash the barrels.

Mrs House has queried the level of “amenity” to be enjoyed by holidaymakers, given noise associated with the business and vehicle movements taking place on the site.

Mrs House also claimed access to the site was hazardous, a pond on the site was polluted from barrel residue and said holiday lets were not needed in the area.

Despite this, the plans were recommended for approval by case officer John Davies, along with a number of advised conditions.

These included restricting barrel washing, cutting and drilling, as well as deliveries to the working day hours, limiting these industrial processes to hand power tools, and suggesting a maximum of 10 barrels a day to be cut.

In the report by Mr Davies, he said the business currently cuts between six and 10 barrels a day, the cutting for this number only taking around 15 minutes in total.

It has, however, been suggested that an acoustic fence should be built and all loud work must take place behind this.