A plan to convert disused offices in a Derby Grade II-listed building into a 10-bedroom house has received a strong objection from environmental officers because of its proximity to the Hairy Dog pub.
Empty for three years, it was formerly occupied by a law firm.
The applicant, Urban Living Derby Limited has assessed that the potential noise level is likely to be “high” and provision has been made for high-grade sound proofing to the rear of the building, that the windows remain closed and a second layer of double glazing is installed.
The application’s design and access statement also suggests that the property is only let to students and young people and not families or older people.
But the council’s environmental protection team points out that the proposed site “is in very close proximity to the Hairy Dog, a local entertainment and live music venue”.
Karl Suschitzky, environmental health officer, makes reference to a noise assessment report submitted with the application.
The officer report says: “The measurements (in the noise assessment report) suggest that noise levels associated with Hairy Dog are “predicted to be clearly audible within the development”.
“The frequency analysis also highlights a particular emphasis on audible noise towards the lower frequency range.
“Another important consideration is the fact that the Hairy Dog operates at these levels of noise until 3am.”
The report concludes that insulation is only likely to be protective when windows are kept closed and such insulation would not be effective against low frequency noise.
It also adds that historical noise nuisance and complaints have been reported to the environmental team by dwellings at a similar distance from the Hairy Dog to the south.
The complaints have not been resolved and “they remain unoccupied” due to the noise.
The officer added: “The accommodation is likely to offer a relatively poor living environment. Consequently, the Environmental Protection Team objects to the proposal in principle based on noise amenity concerns.”
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The application says it will make all rooms in the property en-suite and the development will make a useful contribution towards towards student housing supply and choice in the city.
It adds: “There is no other use for this building as it currently stands and the building is in need of development to retain the longevity.
“We also need to bring back young people to reside in the city to support local infrastructure.”
The application will be decided in the next eight to 12 weeks.