MEASURES have been brought in to prevent noisy events taking place on land in Kenilworth without proper permission.
Following complaints from residents, councillors and the local MP Sir Jeremy Wright, Warwick District Council (WDC) has used its powers to impose an ‘Article 4 direction’ on the land known as Castle Pavilion.
This will ensure that events taking place there now require planning permission by WDC.
Previously, events could take place on the land under national ‘permitted development rights’, which prevent the council from being able to assess issues such as noise, traffic, and environmental impacts.
The Article 4 direction on the land is for up to six months. But at the same time, a period of consultation is being undertaken to determine whether the direction should continue longer. This would allow WDC to scrutinise each proposed event as part of a planning application long-term.
Coun John Cooke, WDC spokesperson for place, said: “The council has taken this important and necessary step following a number of complaints and letters received from local residents.
“This is a sensitive site within the Green Belt which is also close to residential properties and it is therefore important to ensure that any proposals for future events are fully assessed as part of a planning application, in order to protect the Green Belt and the amenities of nearby residents.”
The Article 4 direction can be viewed at https://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/Article4CastlePavilion
Anyone wishing to comment on it can submit their views in writing to: Planning Enforcement Team, Warwick District Council, Riverside House, Milverton Hill, Leamington, CV32 5HZ or email [email protected] by 5pm on November 28.
Following the period of public consultation, the council will review the comments received and present a report to WDC’s Cabinet on whether the order should be confirmed.