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Bakewell noise barrier plans may be scrapped

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Plans for a controversial 5.5 metre high noise barrier in a historic market town look set to be scrapped following public outcry.

Derbyshire Dales District Council’s environment committee will meet on Thursday, February 27, to discuss the barrier, which has been proposed to go around the Agricultural Business Centre, in Bakewell, to reduce noise.

The council had a legal duty to respond after it received complaints about noise from the cattle market so it came up with plans for the barrier, which would be 180 metres long and cost around £100,000 to build.

However residents of the market town rallied together against the proposals, claiming they would ruin the character of Bakewell.

The council has since teamed up with Bagshaws Auctioneers to reduce the noise from the market.

In light of this, the authority is now proposing the barrier proposals be scrapped in favour of a noise management plan that will seek to reduce individual sources of noise.

Derbyshire Dales District Council’s corporate director, Peter Foley said: “Officers have been working very hard to find a solution which seeks a compromise to satisfy as many residents as possible whilst at the same time making sure the council meets its legal duty to do everything reasonably practicable to prevent a noise nuisance from occurring and I believe the proposals put forward for members to consider in this report will help to achieve this.”

The report is available on the council’s website, www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk. The meeting will be held in Matlock Town Hall at 6pm on February 27.

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