Plans would see March firm relocate its lorry park out of town
A March firm is looking to relocate its lorry park and maintenance facility away from its current site in a residential area.
Goldstar Traders has applied for permission for the change of agricultural land off Knights End Road, into lorry parking along with a maintenance building and stationing of a mobile for use as an amenity for drivers.
A design and access statement drawn up by Swann Edwards Architecture in support of the application, which has been submitted to Fenland District Council for approval, explains the firm currently has its facility in the town's Norwood Road.
But the firm wants to move to the site off Knights End Road adjoining Goldstar Metal Traders, which although unrelated is under the same ownership.
The statement explains: "The proposal will relocate the existing facility from Norwood Road. There is pressure for it to be removed from Norwood Road given the impact on local residential amenities as resulting from noise and disturbance caused by the vehicular repairs and movements.
"It is therefore clear that the business should be located away from residential properties and as such, in this rural location and against the backdrop of a waste handling facility, it is submitted that the use and location is appropriate."
It adds: "It is understood that there is a strong desire from district councillors and the town council to remove the NorwoodRoad facility due to its harmful impact on local residential amenities. The site in question will neighbour the existing waste handling business to the south."
The business currently has an operator's licence for 47 units and the statement says there are no plans to increase that number
"Of the 47 units, any number can be stored on site for maintenance purposes. As such the vehicular movements would be significantly lower than what is being carried out next door and could easily be absorbed into the neighbouring activity," says the statement, which points out the neighbouring waste handling facility generates in excess of 140 vehicular movements a day, which at times, is seven days a week.
The statement also states that a pre-application site meeting held with Cambridgeshire Highways confirmed "the local highway authority was comfortable with the proposal and it was their preference for the proposal to use the existing access shared with the neighbouring business".