Noise is the most common source of complaint received by Local Authorities. We have extensive experience of helping companies accused of causing noise nuisance, working proactively to resolve problems without involving the legal process where possible. Although it is always preferable and less expensive to negotiate disagreements, there are times when consensus is not achievable. In such cases our consultants are experienced in giving evidence in Court and at Planning Hearings / Inquiries, and Patrick Allen is a founding member of the Expert Witness Institute.
J D Wetherspoon pubs – throughout UK
Client: J D Wetherspoon plc
Architects: LBF, RDT, Canvas (and others)
Planning Consultants: Savills, Signet Planning (and Others)
Barristers: Landmark Chambers
Scope: We have enjoyed a long relationship with J D Wetherspoon that started when they only had 3 pubs and continues to this day as they approach 1000.
J D Wetherspoon specialize in converting large and often complicated buildings into pubs, which inevitably results in many complex planning issues. We have advised on the acoustic ramifications of conversions from many interesting old buildings including theatres, cinemas, churches, many of which have been listed. This places great constraints on what can be done to the building fabric.
Wherever possible we will resolve noise issues through the detailed design of the pubs or through negotiation with council officers. However, where agreement has not been possible we have provided expert testimony services in court and at planning inquiries throughout the UK.