Questions raised over noise report

LESSONS should be learned from past mistakes, according to Cr Ross Bartley who yesterday queried a noise report carried out for a development at Ballandean.

The application for a plot reconfiguration plans for 35 blocks of land for Ballandean Village Green Estate.

Cr Bartley stressed he agreed with development in Ballandean but he was concerned for the future of the neighbouring clay target range and potential noise complaints from new residents.

He insisted council question a noise report done for the applicants, which claims to have been carried out during a clay shoot and on a day where the wind changed directions.

“I particularly want to know how the process was carried out,” he said.

“Are we assuming it just happened? What was the date? What was the weather like on that day?

“On the letter they talk about being able to measure when the wind blew from the south and north.

“I’m not saying that can’t happen but it’s quite unique.”

He also questioned the operating times listed in the report and suggested council confirm these.

He said the process of consulting the people involved had been overcomplicated.

“This noise report concerns me. I’m not against development in Ballandean, but I don’t want to destroy what’s already there.”

Cr Mally McMurtrie suggested council add a condition to the approval to build some sort of mound which would create a sound barrier to new properties and leave it up to the applicant.

However, Cr Bartley said, “We are accepting this as a bonafide report and I have some questions on it.”

He moved a motion to ask further questions to the authors of the reports, which was passed, despite Crs Meiklejohn, Gow and Blundell voting against it.

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