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15/0796/FUL - Ice Rink, Parkers Piece

Decision Maker: Planning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The Committee received an application for full planning permission.


The application sought approval for installation of a temporary real-ice ice rink with associated skate hire marquee, viewing platform and back-of-house/plant area; a family entertainment area with children's rides & food concessions; and a Christmas market with stalls & concessions, to one quadrangle of Parkers Piece.


Members were advised there was a pre-committee amendment to the recommendation. Condition 5 was amended to read:


When measured at any boundary of Parkers Piece, the Noise from plant (including generators, chillers and motors) and amplified music and voices from the amusements, shall be less than or equal to the existing background level (L90), in accordance with BS4142: 2014.


Reason: To protect the amenity of any adjoining or nearby residential / sensitive properties. (Cambridge Local Plan policy 4/13)


The Committee received a representation in objection to the application from Mr Dixon.


The representation covered the following issues:

  i.  Historically noise levels had not been an issue for the ice rink until last year (2014).

  ii.  Raised concern regarding the noise of beat music from children’s rides.

  iii.  There was no planting between the ice rink and some neighbours to mitigate noise.

  iv.  Asked for noise mitigation measures rather than rejection of the application. The committee were asked to consider the size/noise impact of the fairground on neighbours.


Mr Elmer (Applicant) addressed the Committee in support of the application.


Councillor Hipkin proposed an amendment to the Officer’s recommendation regarding an informative about public art and treatment of the boundary fence.


This amendment was carried unanimously.


The Committee:


Unanimously resolvedto grant the application for planning permission in accordance with the officer recommendation, for the reasons set out in the officer report, and subject to the conditions recommended by the officers subject to an additional informative relating to the hoardings:


Informative:  The applicants are advised that the hoarding to the ice rink should be sympathetic to the area and that viewing windows through the hoarding and public art on the hoarding itself, would be welcomed.

Publication date: 29/10/2015

Date of decision: 07/10/2015

Decided at meeting: 07/10/2015 - Planning

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