Friday, May 30, 2014
Permission has been granted for an annual two-day music festival at the Suffolk showground – despite objections from villagers.
The Suffolk Agricultural Association will hold the event at Trinity Park between June and September each year depending upon availability of performers, demand and other programme commitments, with almost 5,000 people attending each day.
Suffolk Coastal council has already granted the event a premises licence and now councillors have agreed planning consent for the site.
Planning permission was needed because Trinity Park’s current consent bans music festivals and concerts, along with car and motorcycle racing, flying of model aircraft, microlight aircraft and hanggliders, shooting, and firework displays, unless part of the Suffolk Show.
The council’s south area development management sub committee was told six objections had been received from residents saying the site was not a suitable location for outdoor live music as it was close to homes and would cause disturbance.
Brightwell, Foxhall and Purdis Farm Group Parish Council had objected, and Nacton Parish Council expressed concern, particularly about the impact of noise on new residential areas and extra traffic.
Planning case officer Nigel Hebden said policy supported the increased use of Trinity Park and a balance needed to be struck between encouraging economic growth and any potential adverse impact on householders.
He said: “It is accepted that holding a music festival during the afternoon/evening of a weekend will have some impact on residents living nearby.”
Live performances would not start before noon and would finish by 11pm on Saturday and 8pm Sunday.