Noisy school ball upsets Sheffield residents

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NOISE complaints about events at a Sheffield prep school mean it is being forced to apply for planning permission to hold further events using amplified sound.

Neighbours claim they have been disturbed by events at Mylnhurst School, Ecclesall, which include an annual prize giving event and the summer ball.

The school, on Button Hill, is now applying for a change to its planning permission to ‘permit the use of amplified sound without the use of a limiter’ to allow further functions in the future.

Sheffield Council’s city centre, south and east planning board has been recommended to grant permission at a meeting on Monday.

A report to the board by council planning officers said: “This application has arisen in response to an enforcement enquiry regarding alleged noise and disturbance resulting from the use of amplified sound at Mylnhurst.

“In the light of a substantive body of evidence submitted by local residents and based on an interview with the school, a condition of current planning permission is being breached.”

The residents’ complaints are also about use of music being used in the pool area and dance studio.

Some 229 houses are within 200 metres of the school, Sheffield Council said, and 46 have objected to the school’s planning application.

But Mylnhurst said that only two major events would be held each year and that measures could be taken to improve the sound efficiency of the buildings.

Sheffield Council has recommended the condition of current planning permission should be partially lifted so amplified sound is allowed but only via an in-house system using a council-approved noise limiting device.