Licence sought for new Vale of Belvoir music and arts festival

Plans have been unveiled for a four-day music and arts festival in the Vale of Belvoir with camping for almost 15,000 people.

Monday, 10th January 2022, 5:37 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 2:40 pm
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Melton borough councillors will next week consider a premises licence application for Noisily Festival at Terrace Hills Farm in Eaton.

The applicants plan to hold the event at the site, which is owned by Belvoir Estates, from July 7 to 10 this year and annually thereafter on the second weekend of July, with a daily capacity of up 4,500 attendees.

If approved by the licensing sub-committee, the festival would run until 4am on the Thursday, 5am on Friday and Saturday and midnight on the Sunday, with alcohol served and only those aged 18 and over allowed in.

As well as live music, mostly on outdoor stages, the festival will feature performance art such as circus acts and films.

More than 40 objections were submitted to the council following a consultation with local residents, with concerns raised over issues including noise, safety, public nuisance, protection of children from harm.

They included representations from Stathern Parish Council and Barkestone, Plungar and Redmile Parish Council.

The report to go before the committee says the applicants have revised their original licence application to take into account comments made by objectors.

And they also state that a specific noise management plan will be in place with noise level constantly being monitored away from the site and that nearby residents will have access to a complaints hotline if they are disturbed by the event.

Belvoir Estates say in a letter to councillors: “Belvoir Estate and Noisily are working together to ensure that the impact on the environment and biodiversity is minimised as far as possible.

“This includes working with our forestry management team to ensure any planned activities are properly located, safe and that the short time in which the event is running will not have long term detriment to our land.”