AN APPLICATION to add a youth club outbuilding to a Feltham community centre has been approved by Hounslow Council planners.
The plans for the community facility at 102 Hounslow Road were brought before the council on Thursday evening (March 17).
The single storey outbuilding at the rear of the building will be used as a youth centre by the Hounslow Islamic Relief Association.
But a number of residents had concerns about the level of noise that could come from the new addition to the centre and wrote to the council to oppose the plans.
A total of 13 objections were received, but 130 letters of support were also sent to the council in favour of the application.
The council has appeased fears about noise levels by saying that the hours of use in the outbuilding are limited between 9am and 9pm.
A council spokesman said: "The building has extensive sound insulation measures as approved by the council. No system for the amplification of sound or speech shall be used either within the building or external to the building. No activity shall be carried out outside the existing or approved buildings on the site without the prior written approval of the local planning authority.
"Should they wish to carry out activity outside these buildings on certain festival days or for other activities, the application for council permission shall include any means to mitigate against potential harm to residents through the activities of worshippers, including traffic management and parking control measures."
A statement in a council report, brought before the planning committee on Thursday, says: "The applicants have stated that this would be a place for young people to come to study and to seek assistance with becoming good members of society."
The members placed a condition on the approval requiring a travel plan to be drawn up and submitted to the council due to concerns about parking in the area.
The centre is close to a highly populated area, with a number of houses next door to and directly behind it.
A resident who lives very close to the centre, but did not wish to be named, said: "We are devastated that this has been passed. They say that it's sound proofed, but what about all the people coming and going? I am also very worried about the parking situation."
Another resident said: "This will have a huge effect on our lives. We bought the house just two or three months after the association bought the property (102), but we would never have bought it if we knew this was going to happen. I am very concerned about the noise levels."
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