Rotherwick farmer wants to build half kilometre earth mound to cut out traffic noise (From Basingstoke Gazette)
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Rotherwick farmer wants to build half kilometre earth mound to cut out traffic noise
A FARMER wants to build an earth mound along a busy north Hampshire road to stop noise pollution.
David Watts has proposed building a 3m-high noise bund on his land alongside a 550m stretch of the B3349 Reading Road at Rotherwick.
The single-carriageway road carries traffic travelling between Hook and the Hampshire/Berk-shire border.
The mound, with a width of 4m along its top, would be construc-ted on the western edge of fields that adjoin the road from the Cowfold Lane junction to opposite a property known as Neville’s on the eastern side of the road.
Mr Watts told The Gazette that he had recently purchased the fields next to the road and that traffic could be heard in his garden.
He said: “It’s a busy road at certain times of the day and I think the road surface is particularly noisy.
“In the winter months, there’s a full hedgerow in front of the fields and it’s not exactly a beauty spot.
“I have had some noise consultants come and do a survey and they believe the bund could reduce the noise by 60 per cent.”
The survey, carried out in May last year, took a recording of 55 decibels equivalent continuous sound level (db(A) LAeq) from Mr Watts’ garden.
The application to Hart District Council states the World Health Organisation has a guideline of 50 db(A) LAeq for gardens.
It added that where the proposed bund passes between mature trees, a 20m section of acoustic fencing would be built.
The district council aims to decide on the application by Wednesday, October 30.
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