Proposed shooting range Mitchells Elm Farm Sports Stadia BA4 watch

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Member #42

There is are plans for an international outdoor shooting range at BA4 4SN. 4 days per week; up to 38 full bore rifles plus shotguns. It has been turned down by Mendip D C ( 11 votes to 2 ) but the applicants are appealing - there will be a public enquiry.
The noise will be awful for anyone living , working or visiting the area and we would be grateful for any advice and help in fighting the appeal.

Added: 2008/06/02 12:20:46

Member #55

I think it is commendable that so much work has been undertaken by the applicant in ensuring that appropriate noise protection measures and safety assesments have been undertaken. It is unfortunate that the planning cabinet whent against officer opinion on this matter. After sitting through the entire enquiry I was satisfied that the evidance was presented to allow the inspector to uphold the appeal and grant permission.

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