Berlin style wall given go ahead

A DECISION to reject controversial plans to build a noise-barrier wall at Bakewell’s Agricultural Business Centre has been overturned on appeal.

The wall, which is up to 5.5 metres high in one section, was proposed by Derbyshire Dales District Council in January for the centre to “improve the day to day operation” at the centre, which deals in the buying and selling of livestock.

Despite the district council saying it was in response to complaints of noise during Monday markets, the plans were criticised by nearby residents and Bakewell Town Council.

It was eventually turned down by the Peak District National Park authority on the grounds of its appearance and design, that it would have an “unacceptable adverse visual impact on the character and appearance of the surrounding conservation area and wider landscape”. However, following an appeal, the barrier has now been granted.

Running largely across the length of the northern section of the site, its heights varies from 3.5 metres up to 5.5 metres.

The atmosphere at the monday markets is quite something and surely creates an ambience for anyone visiting Bakewell on a Monday. Can the noise really be that bad, for one day a week? And let’s not forget this wall is likely to cost in the region of £400,000. Where’s the justification for spending that amount in these austere times?

Chris Sabian is owner of a directory for Dog Friendly Accomodation, Pubs, Beaches & More Browse the UK’s most popular directory of dog friendly accommodation, pubs, beaches and days out


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