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Monday, 31 January 2022 10:29

Apps Court - Spelthorne's Environmental Health Officer Joins the Fray

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Further to our notice (scroll down to 17th January) we can report that a significant number of residents have made known their opposition to the granting of this licence. The Senior Environmental Health Officer for Spelthorne has sent the following very helpful email to the ward councillors of Lower Sunbury:

Dear Councillors,

I want to make you aware of this licence application as it will have a significant impact on our residents if its permitted to go through.  The first information I want to give is that Environmental Health has made representation on this licence application to Elmbridge Borough Council Licensing team.  We also believe some 20 of our residents may also have submitted representations to Elmbridge Borough Council.  You may therefore have already been approached by residents, or you might be in the future. 

 Elmbridge Borough Council has received a licencing application for Apps Court farm which is on the Elmbridge side of the River Thames opposite Sunbury Park (see map attached for your reference). The application is for 29 events per year and includes every type of event possible covered by the tick-boxed on the application form, and include up to 6 music festivals which could facilitate up to 50,000 attendees, with some events continuing overnight until 5am in the morning.   The applicants state this would be similar to Greenfields  https://www.musicfestivalwizard.com/festivals/greenfield-festival-2022/   The license applicants have engaged the services of expert licensing consultants and noise consultants. 

As you know our side of the River Thames in Lower Sunbury is a quiet location, especially at night.  Events are already held at Apps Court Farm (although not at the scale being proposed) and even at this smaller scale we occasionally receive noise complaints from our residents about the events already held at Apps Court Farm.  So this, along with the scale of the application convinces us that should this licence application if granted it will have a significant impact on our residents. 

 Our Environmental Health team have joined forces with Elmbridge Borough Council’s Environmental Health team in respect of this Licensing Application as they too have similar concerns.  Elmbridge and Spelthorne’s EH teams have also jointly engaged the services of expert licensing and noise consultations to assist us in challenging this application.  Both Spelthorne’s and Elmbridge’s EH teams have submitted representations to Elmbridge’s Licensing team and the application will be going to a Licensing hearing at EBC.  If refused it is most likely the applicants will appeal to the Courts for a review of the decision. 

I will continue to provide you with information as this licence application progresses.  If you have any questions please do drop me an email.

Kind Regards,


Tracey Willmott-French, CEnvH, MCIEH

Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner

Senior Environmental Health Manager

Spelthorne Borough Council

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