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Planners decide children are not a noise nuisance.
Tuesday 29th April 2014 @ 08:00 by Anna Fletcher

A controversial application was resolved at the most recent Tameside Council Planning meeting as a Denton family applied for their property to change its use into a mix of residential and child-minding.

Two letters of objection were sent to Tameside Council on grounds that it is unreasonable to run a child minding business in a residential area.

Despite the business operating from the property on Charnwood Avenue for some time, the complaint from nearby neighbours led to the application to change the residential property into one would be of mixed-use.

The application sought approval to provide for a child-minding business for up to 12 children between the hours of 7.30am and 5.30pm.

One of the objectors complained about noise levels. He stated: “When the business is not running the gardens are tranquil, but last year the staff could not control the children and on nice days, you can’t tune out the noise and it just upsets everybody who wants to enjoy the amenity of their garden.
“The noise problems were every day last year and it spoilt other gardens for hours on end due to noise of which local residents had no control.

“As a family man and grandfather, I can understand that children have no awareness of their noise, but if the applicant is asking for permission for 12 people, then it should be classed as a commercial enterprise and commercial premises should be sought.”

More on this story in this week’s (24th April) Tameside Reporter.