Planning Application – Solihull Business Park

Application No. 2014/667  relates to an application to vary conditions, to allow the owners of the premises to conduct industrial use on the site, specifically  to allow b2 (general industrial) and b8 (storage and distribution) on plot 3. The full application and associated documents can be found via the council’s planning portal via this link: http://ww2.solihull.gov.uk/planning_new/dc/ViewApp.asp . If it does not work first time enter the application no. 2014/667 where asked.

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Residents near to Lakeside Drive, Monkspath will be aware of the application (as will followers of the Monkspath and Hillfields Facebook group). There are three main issues relating to the development in Highlands Road and/or Monkspath Hall Road on the site known as Solihull Business Park.

  •  The development itself: this is not too much of a problem for me personally because as a long standing resident of Monkspath I always knew this area would be used for commercial development. I appreciate some residents did not know this and have put together a potted history of the area in question (with the much more technical stuff gathered from the council development officers). You can read this one page report via this link: History of SOLIHULL BUSINESS PARK­­­­­­

 

 

  • The anticipated use of the building by V Installations: bringing with it the fear of excessive noise to residents of nearby homes and users of the local nature reserve, together with a blot on the landscape of having an industrial unit next to the nature reserve and changing the original concept of a business park into that of an industrial estate.

The application goes before Solihull’s Planning Committee on Wednesday 11 June  and I am afraid to report it has the recommendation of approval by the council’s planning officers. I sincerely believe there is an error of judgement by approving the change of use because of lack of knowledge as to what V Installations actually do. I also believe there has not been sufficient attention to the nature reserve itself with more focus on noise levels affecting the nearby homes. If this is the case then I doubt there has been sufficient attention to the natural habitat in that area as well. The officers report, and associated documents,  can be viewed on the council site: http://eservices.solihull.gov.uk/mgInternet/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=251&MId=4365&Ver=4 (under agenda item 14)> I have though copied the report here: ­­­­­­­­ Report by the Head of Development Management

 

I will be attending the planning committee and addressing the members to urge them to refuse the application for a change of use. I will be stressing the noise pollution that will occur, the danger to the natural habitat and the harm such an industrial site will have on the visual impact from the nature reserve.

 

I have visited the current factory of V Installations in Bromsgrove. The video shows that both the front and rear doors are open and provides evidence of noise that will emanate from the factory. There is evidence of industrial grinding, slamming of doors and noise from heavy vehicles. It is possible such noise may not be heard from the gardens/houses of those living on Lakeside Drive or Thornton Road, but will be heard by any wildlife or users of the nature reserve. The view is not too good either, with gas containers and other industrial components in and around the front and rear of the property. We do not need this near our Green Flag Nature Reserve.

Video of current V Installations Unit, Bromsgrove: more than one mile away from residential development.

  • The height of the buildings: This is not a specific issue we can object to with the planning application because the application is specifically for a ‘change of use’ to an existing approved condition. A local resident, terry Prince, has written to the Head of Places at the council and I am reinforcing this, asking how the buildings were allowed to be so high and so close to a local nature reserve.
  • The anticipated use of the building by V Installations, bringing with it the fear of excessive noise to residents of nearby homes and users of the local nature reserve, together with a blot on the landscape of having an industrial unit next to the nature reserve and changing the original concept of a business park into that of an industrial estate.The application goes before Solihull’s Planning Committee on Wednesday 11 June and I am afraid to report it has the recommendation of approval by the council’s planning officers. I sincerely believe there is an error of judgement by approving the change of use because of lack of knowledge as to what V Installations actually do. I also believe there has not been sufficient attention to the nature reserve itself with more focus on noise levels affecting the nearby homes. If this is the case then I doubt there has been sufficient attention to the natural habitat in that area as well. The officers report, and associated documents, can be viewed on the council site: http://eservices.solihull.gov.uk/mgInternet/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=251&MId=4365&Ver=4 (under agenda item 14)> I have though copied the report here: ­­­­­­­­_____reportI will be attending the planning committee and addressing the members to urge them to refuse the application for a change of use. I will be stressing the noise pollution that will occur, the danger to the natural habitat and the harm such an industrial site will have on the visual impact from the nature reserve. I have visited the current premises of V Installations and witnessed the scene at the front and rear of their premises. It is not the scene I want to look at when I walk around the nature reserve, where bats fly and badgers and foxes roam. I can also testify to seeing elephants roaming on this part of the nature reserve (when the circus came to town in the 1980’s) but feel we cannot use that argument! I have though sought to show members of the planning committee, as well as senior planning officers, a video compilation that I took today (4 June 201$) when I visited the current factory of V Installations in Bromsgrove. The video shows that both the front and rear doors are open and provides evidence of noise that will emanate from the factory. There is evidence of industrial grinding, slamming of doors and noise from heavy vehicles. It is possible such noise may not be heard from the gardens/houses of those living on Lakeside Drive or Thornton Road, but will be heard by any wildlife or users of the nature reserve. The view is not too good either, with gas containers and other industrial components in and around the front and rear of the property. We do not need this near our Green Flag Nature Reserve.

 


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