PLANS for an events pavilion in the grounds of Abergavenny Castle have been rejected by councillors over worries about noise issues.

Monmouthshire council's museum service proposed the £226k all-weather structure to host an annual programme of community events, including outdoor theatre, school visits, wedding receptions and music.

Planners had recommended approval, but councillors went against their advice to reject the plans at a meeting on Tuesday after residents voiced opposition.

A new noise impact report, commissioned by objectors, said noise from music events would have a "significant impact" on residents.

Speaking at the meeting on Tuesday, objector Stefan Horowskyj said residents were opposed to the location of the proposed pavilion due to its proximity to homes.

"The predicted noise levels for music, wedding and party events will result in severe intrusion into local residents’ properties," Mr Horowskyj said.

"This will extend to the retirement flats at Pegasus and Plantagenet Courts.

"In the summer months residents will either have to keep their windows closed or put up with excessive noise.

"The proposals do not satisfy the planning policies that protect the quiet enjoyment of your home."

But Rachael Rogers, from the authority's museum service, sought to give assurances that events would be community focussed, and mainly spoken events.

Mr Rogers said the plans aimed to enhance cultural provision for residents and visitors to the county.

"We understand our neighbours' concerns and it is not our intention to cause distress," she said.

Ms Rogers said the proposals were not for a "new or radical use," and said the central area of the castle grounds would continue to be used for larger events.

Cllr Jez Becker said there were "valid concerns", but argued that the benefits to the community were greater.

But Cllr Maureen Powell said she was unhappy about the 'detriment' it would cause to amenities for residents, and the impact it could have on the setting of the castle.

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Cllr Alan Davies echoed the concerns, and said the proposed location was too close to houses.

The plans were refused, with Cllr Powell citing "detriment to amenities for local people" and that it would "detract from an ancient monument."