Don't close us down, says dance school after noise complaint

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A popular dance school is facing closure after complaints over noise.

Dave Terrill, 34, and his partner Leanne Evans, 35, set up a not-for-profit dance studio in the London Road Mall, in London Road, North End.

The couple spent around 15,000 funding the DL Rapture studio to run weekly classes for around 100 young people.

But Portsmouth City Council has refused retrospective planning permission, after hearing complaints from nearby residents.

'If we have to close I will feel like I have let the kids down,' said Mr Terrill, of Bell Road, Cosham.

'I want to be optimistic but I'm also cautious.

'We have taken this whole matter very seriously and have always wanted to work with the resident to find an amicable solution.'

Mr Terrill and his partner have launched an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate in a bid to keep the group open.

After hearing about the complaints, Dave and Leanne say they spent 3,000 on a number of measures to combat the noise.

They installed less powerful sound equipment and loft insulation, changed the hours of their classes and banned dance lessons from being held later than 9pm.

'We are aware noise pollution can be very distressing and upsetting but we have made huge efforts to try to resolve this matter,' said Miss Evans.

On December 7, a planning inspector visited the studio to assess its impact on neighbours.

Youngsters who use the studio will find out whether their dance school can stay open early next year.

Parents and local shop owners have gathered 450 signatures, appealing to the Planning Inspectorate to keep the group running.

The neighbours who complained were not available to speak to The News. But Cllr Jason Fazackarley, who has taken up their complaints, said: 'There are several residents who have contacted me about this.

'I have no objection to what they're doing in general. What they are doing is commendable, but where they are doing it is not suitable. These people were living there first.'