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(UK) Farnham: Special school to double in size; concern over noise levels

Dec 28, 2023, Liphook Herald: Farnham special school given final go ahead to almost double in size

Near London

The near-doubling in size of a Farnham school for children with special educational needs can go ahead after an agreement was reached to monitor noise levels from its newly approved heat pumps.

The Abbey School in Menin Way is described as a “strong and vibrant special school with places for 100 children aged 11 to 16 years who have learning difficulties and additional needs”.

In February 2022, it had been granted permission to remodel its school buildings and play area – with work already underway. Once completed, the expansion will accommodate 170 SEND children.

However, complaints were raised against the location of its heating systems, with residents worried about noise, and it was agreed they would be moved from their original location on school’s sports hall roof to ground level – with added sound reduction measures put in place….

Officers told the meeting: “During the day it is accepted that against the background noise, noise produced by the pumps would not be entirely noticeable”.

However, they expressed concern that at night this could potentially lead to an adverse impact.

“Noise assessment considered the impact against the closest neighbouring dwelling and it was found that the potential noise impact was below the World Health Organisation standards and below the British standards.

“Environmental health officers noted that the noise from the air source heat pumps may be audible in external areas and audible in neighbouring properties….


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