Helicopter and attack alarm noise concerns at Hereford SAS camp

PROPOSALS to build up to 100 homes next to the SAS barracks near Hereford have been given the green light, despite concerns over gun, helicopter and attack alarm noise.

Applicants Anna Spreckley and Eleanor Van Straaten wanted outline planning permission to develop the land south of the A480 in Credenhill.

The proposals included 35 affordable homes and would cover around nine acres of open grassland north of Stirling Lines, headquarters of the 22nd Special Air Service Regiment.

Architects working on the scheme said there were no impacts that would arise from the design or layout that would outweigh the benefits.

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But the Ministry of Defence had concern over noise, saying in comments to Herefordshire Council planners that locals had already made informal complaints – anymore could see the garrison’s operational effectiveness reduced.

“Hereford Garrison is a highly operational unit and number of facilities/uses on the site can produce a considerable amount of noise,” Jodie McCabe from the MoD said.

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“This includes, but is not limited to, helicopter activities, the use of (firing) ranges, the camp attack alarm and generators within a number of key buildings. The grrison operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for 365 days a year.

“The proposal could therefore lead to the potential for noise complaints from the new residents which could potentially force MoD to amend activities on the site, which could in turn adversely affect the operational effectiveness of the Garrison.”

Hereford Times: One of the SAS helicopters landed on London Bridge during the 2017 terror attack. Picture: PA WireOne of the SAS helicopters landed on London Bridge during the 2017 terror attack. Picture: PA Wire

Ms McCabe also said trees shouldn’t be allowed to grow between the housing site and SAS camp in a way which could see security compromised by allowing climbing.

Planners approved the outline application with conditions in April.

Hereford Times