PARISH COUNCIL OBJECTION LETTER TO N.C.C. PLANNING APPLICATION V/3960

Nottinghamshire County Council
County Hall
Loughborough Road
West Bridgford
Nottingham
NG2 7QP

For the attention of Mike Hankin – Development Management

6th March 2019

Dear Sir

Formal Objection

Application: V/3960 – Vary Condition 20 of planning permission 8/14/01550/CMA to allow an increase in the maximum daily HGV movements permitted to access the site from 18 HGV movements to 40 HGV movements Mon – Fri and from 8 HGV movements to 20 HGV movements on Saturdays, whilst capping HGV levels to coincide with existing equivalent approved levels within any four week period being 392 movements (196 in and 196 out).

Location: Canalside Industrial Park, Kinoulton Road, Cropwell Bishop NG12 3BE

Following the Parish Council Meeting on the 5th March 2019 re the above application Cropwell Bishop Parish Council note the following:-

The original planning application was subject to an appeal to the planning inspectorate who granted permission under appeal ref: APP/L3055/W/16/3147055 decision date 21st December 2016. (A copy of the appeal decision notice is enclosed with this letter).

In the body of this decision notice several points regarding Highway Safety and Vehicle movements were made by the planning inspectorate. The Parish Council feel that these comments and conditions should be adhered to for the reasons of road safety, child safety, dust and noise pollution and on the unacceptable level on the local environment the proposed increase in number of HGV movements would create.

Appeal Document Points:

Highway Safety

28. The Nottingham Road/Kinoulton Road junction is constrained in terms of the width of both
roads meaning that large vehicles have to use both sides of each road when turning. The visibility to the west of the junction is also restricted. However in the critical eastern direction the visibility for drivers emerging from Kinoulton Road is good. The Highway Authority has no objection to the proposal subject to the improvement to the industrial park access and on the basis that the volume of HGV traffic to and from the facility would be limited.

29. I understand that there have been road traffic accidents in the area but there is no evidence before me to indicate that there is an existing severe highway safety hazard or that the development would result in such a hazard. I saw that there is a bus stop opposite the Nottingham Road/Kinoulton Road junction and I note that the school children use that bus stop and that they regularly walk along Nottingham Road to the village hall and adjoining play area. There are footpaths along the road and through the village and there is no evidence that the LIMITED number of HGVs would prejudice pedestrian safety. However taking a precautionary approach the appellant has agreed to limit the times when HGVs travel to and from the site to avoid peak times at the beginning and end of the school day. This can be secured through a condition.

Noise

31. The applicant as originally submitted made reference to crushing and screening activities taking place on site but the appellant subsequently clarified that such operations would not take place. Potential sources of noise would arise from the excavator and bulldozer to be used on the site and from lorries travelling to and from the site. However there are no immediately adjacent dwellings, the nearest dwellings being about 250 – 300 metres away. The haul route would pass only a small number of dwellings on the western side of the village and the volume of traffic WOULD be limited.

Conditions

47. I have imposed the conditions as suggested by the Council with some exceptions. The conditions have been agreed by the appellant who has suggested additional detailed requirements and I have incorporated those changes. In imposing conditions I have had regard to the test in paragraph 206 of the Framework and I have made some changes to the wording of the conditions to better accord with those tests.

51, Conditions limiting the maximum number of HGVs movements and the times of those movements are also necessary in the interest of highway safety having regard to the configuration of Kinoulton Road/Nottingham Road junction and the proximity of the bus stop and village hall/play area.

Schedule of Conditions:

1, The development hereby permitted shall begin not later than 3 years from the date of this decision. This meaning the application will have to commence by the 21st December 2019.

(The Parish Council would like confirmation that all conditions of the appeal reference APP/L3055/W/16/3147055 still need to be met and adhered to).

20. There shall be no more than 18 HGV movements to and from the site (9 in, 9 out) in any one working day between Monday and Friday and no more than 8 HGV movements to and from the site (4 in and 4 out) on Saturdays. Written records shall be maintained of all HGV movements into and out of the site and copies of those records shall be made available to the Waste Planning Authority within 7 days of a written request being made.

The applicant has already put large HGV lorry containers on site – does this constitute a “Meaningful Start”?

Conclusion:

The planning variation would have a diverse effect on road safety, child safety diesel pollution and noise levels in Cropwell Bishop and would result in an unacceptable impact on the local environment.

In the original planning application F/3024 the application was for 30 HGV movements per day (15
in and15 out) which the Parish Council objected to in our letter to Jonathan Smith dated the 20th August 2014. The Planning Inspectorate as clearly stated above and in the attached copy document was not prepared to pass the application with 30 HGV movements (15 in and15 out) and reduced it to 18
movements a day (9 in and 9 out) and 8 on Saturday (4 in and 4 out).

This variation is a 222% increase to the level of HGVs allowed to the condition 20) laid down by the
planning inspectorate in Appeal Decision APP/L3055/W/16/3147055. The applicant is not only asking
for an increase on the planning inspectorate’s decision but an increase over and above the original
application.

For all the above reasons Cropwell Bishop Parish Council OBJECT to the proposed variation to condition 20 of planning application V/3960,

Yours Sincerely

Cllr. A. Wilson – Chairman
Cropwell Bishop Parish Council

Encl: Appeal Decision Notice: APP/L3055/W/16/3147055

c.c. Cllr. G. Moore
Cllr. N. Clarke
Norman Jowett – Rushcliffe Borough Council