Planning application at 8 Yarrara Road, Pymble, NSW
March 21, 2017, 11:44 p.m.
This Child Care centre has been approved.
I've called and asked what noise limits are placed on the development and got something vague about it being assessed. The assessor wouldn't say what was assessed, only that somebody had looked at it and said it met council guidelines.
The ambient noise reading was taken at the front of the property 41 (dBA). They have used that figure as the baseline for *all* boundaries and added another 5 dBA for noise generated by children and put that as the new limit.
Further along in the report, they note that the ambient noise as the rear of the property (screened by the building) is 36dBA. This value should have been used as the base value for the properties at the rear of the development.
When I questioned these numbers, it was not up for debate and has been assessed.
I was told that if we are not happy, we would have to get our noise report and take it to the Land and Environment Court.
Given that the development is going to generate significant noise and the report is been written up to be most favourable to the applicant, then we are stuck on our own. 46dbA average ambient noise, with peaks for over 100dBA is not pleasant.
We need to get our own ambient noise report, as the existing one is biased and written to deceive readers.
They couldn't tell me who/what I need contact in council to make ongoing EPA noise breaches. They said I would need my own noise monitoring equipment (these cost $6000 each) or pay for my own consultants to come in and write up a report.
I called council and asked for the department that looks after noise complaints. Was told by Anne that there is no department that looks after this and there is no way of controlling noise from kids... If you move next to a school, expect noise. Except I didn't move next to a school, it was built without any effective way of controlling the environment....
This doesn't feel that it's a system that protects individuals or their own property/environment.
From James Fang to local councillor Jennifer Anderson