Neighbours sound off over parties

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RESIDENTS have complained to a council about noise coming from a former play gym which is now being used for dance lessons and parties.

The owners of the former play gym in Upper Bonegate in Brighouse are asking Calderdale Council for retrospective planning permission to use it for dance lessons, children’s parties, children’s discos, family parties, charity events, funeral teas and mother and baby activities.

The site has already been used for activities for which planning permission is sought.

Ten residents are objecting to the application, claiming the hours of operation – up to 11pm – are excessive for a housing area.

A council report is urging councillors to reject the application on the basis that the activities at the premises will have an unwelcome effect on residents.

The report, to be discussed by members of the planning committee tomorrow, concludes that rejecting the application may lead to job losses but adds: “The effects of the activities have to be balanced against any detrimental effects on existing residents... the detrimental effects on residents are outweighed by any economic benefits.”