The Committee considered an application
for the construction of a single storey
extension (971sqm) to the north east elevation of the Aconbury East building to provide a new Urgent ad
Emergency Care Facility at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Charles
Reason Why Being
Considered by Planning Committee
The application has been referred to
Planning Committee in accordance with the adopted Scheme of
Delegation having been referred by the Corporate Director –
Planning and Governance.
The application is an identical scheme to
application 21/00319/FUL approved under delegated powers on
13th September 2021, which is the subject of an
application for Judicial Review to quash the same on the grounds
that the decision was not properly taken.
This identical application has been submitted by the
applicant to run in parallel with the Judicial Review process to
allow the proposal to be brought before the Council’s
Planning Committee for consideration in accordance with the scheme
It is noted that works have commenced on
The report set out the background to the
proposal, the site and surrounding are, the proposal itself,
relevant policies, planning history and representations and
consultations where applicable.
The Committee’s attention was drawn
to the late papers which related to comments from local
residents. Although the residents were
not against the expansion of the hospital facilities, noise was
considered to be the main issue, particularly with different
rooftop plant systems being installed.
The information was presented as set out
by the Corporate Director – Planning and Governance, in
conjunction with a powerpoint
presentation for the item.
There had been no one registered to speak
on the application.
Key Points of Debate
although not speaking on behalf of the residents, was very
sympathetic with their issues and concerns over potential noise
from plant equipment, he also identified the planning history for
the site, some of which had caused issued for the
The Chair introduced
Richard Williams, Principal Officer (Planning and Technical
Pollution Control) from Worcestershire Regulatory Services (WRS) to
the Committee. The Chair asked him in
terms of the resident’s concerns, who had submitted their
comments to the committee, based on the current rate rather than
the measured noise level, what the impact would be to the
installation of equipment on this site.
Richard Williams in
response provided background to this and the previous application.
He informed the Committee that WRS had
completed their own independent noise assessment and investigation
in November 2020. This generated
their own set of background measurements and the data was used to
evaluate the current emissions from the new plant equipment
installation. He confirmed that the
advice given on the current and previous application is effectively
He went on to say that
the calculations were taken against background noise levels carried
out in four separate locations between 10pm and 2am. The primary concern was the night time noise, as
day time noise is drowned out by traffic noise. When assessing the
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