Motorbike repair shop will not face action over noise

Residents and groups gathering at the development consultation forum at Havant Borough Council's Public Service Plaza. Picture: Richard Kennett

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ENFORCEMENT action will not be taken against a motorcycle repair shop despite residents complaining about noise.

Councillors at Havant Borough Council voted not to take action against JCB Motorcycle Services, in Palmers Road Industrial Estate, Emsworth.

The noise complaint was brought before the council’s planning committee after the motorcycle garage opened without full planning permission.

The garage, part of a row of six units, already had B1 status for light industrial uses, but needed B2 for more heavy industrial purposes such as repairing motorbikes.

The business opened a year ago and the council received seven letters of objection from residents, who live in a terrace on the opposite side to the businesses.

A council report stated residents were unhappy with the ‘intermittent yet constant noise of revving engines’ and had to keep their windows closed.

The report stated some residents were unable to make phone calls or listen to the radio and had to wear ear plugs in their home.

The report added: ‘The outside revving of motor bike engines during the day, however intermittent, will inevitably cause bursts of noise sufficient to cause a disturbance and a loss of amenity to the neighbours opposite.’

The business’ owner, Jonathan Bailey, applied for retrospective planning permission for a change of use.

However, officers recommended to councillors that this was refused and enforcement action was taken. But councillors did not agree and voted by five votes to two to grant temporary planning permission for 12 months.

Mr Bailey has volunteered to put in an acoustic barrier.

Councillor Elaine Shimbart, committee chairwoman, said: ‘They have agreed to work in the back of the premises. I think they are willing to work with the residents to make things a lot quieter and better.’

She added: ‘We will go back in 12 months and see how things are. If there are still a lot of complaints from residents, we will think again.’

Mr Bailey told The News: ‘Common sense has prevailed. We looked at other premises down the road and it was double the cost and double the rates. Why should we move out to suit them?’