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Bombay Sapphire is seeking longer construction hours at Laverstoke Mill
THE owners of an historic mill which is being transformed into a tourist attraction have asked for permission to increase the hours that construction work can take place.
Bombay Sapphire wants to vary the conditions placed by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on a previous application, which restrict the hours construction work can take place at Laverstoke Mill, in London Road, Laverstoke.
The company is restoring the site and turning it into a gin distillery, set to open in the autumn.
It has asked the council to allow construction work to be carried out between 7.30am and 9pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 6pm at weekends. This is an extension from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.
But Karen Anne Chudley, of Marsden Court, Laverstoke, has objected and has asked local MP Sir George Young to take up the concerns of those living near the site.
She said: “At least three households have suffered ongoing noise for many months now.” Mrs Chudley believes the noise is coming from a pump, and claims that the construction company is already carrying out work outside of the agreed hours.
Referring to the application to increase the working hours, Mrs Chudley said: “Residents are so concerned that this could potentially pave the way for noise and disruption into the long summer evenings and weekends.”
Tom Payne, environmental health manager at the borough council, said they had investigated complaints about noise and nuisance, including vibrations in the night, and had recorded the noise to assess the level of disturbance.
He added: “So far, this has not shown anything that could be considered as a nuisance under our powers. We will continue to investigate and monitor the situation.”
A spokeswoman for Bombay Sapphire said the request to amend the working hours was to carry out “specific installation tasks, which will be contained internally and will not involve heavy machinery or non-compliant noise producing equipment.”
She added that the project is on course to be complete in the autumn, and said: “We are working closely with the local environmental health officers who are monitoring, checking and recording noise levels on site, and they have assured us that we are meeting all criteria with regard to noise levels.”
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