September 12, 2019 8.45 am This story is over 55 months old

Houses next to noisy packaging factory approved

A previous application was turned down because of concerns over noise

Councillors at South Kesteven District Council have given the go ahead to plans for 205 homes near a noisy packaging factory in Grantham.

Members of the authority’s planning committee approved David, Jack and William Balderson’s outline permission to build the new homes on land near to Bridge End Road.

The plans will be accessed from Somerby Hill and the submission of the plans follows the rejection and appeal of a previous application for 250 homes on the grounds of the noise impact from the nearby Andapak factory.

They include a minimum 30m distance between the nearby factory and houses, an acoustic fence, acoustic glazing and noise insulation works to the factory itself.

The developers said they had improved the design to tackle the issues raised in the previous application.

Council officer Phil Moore told members: “I can’t stress enough [the appeal decision] is a very important material consideration and must be taken into account.”

South Kesteven’s environmental health team said the mitigation proposed by the developers was acceptable, with conditions limiting the noise levels to 52Db.

An indicative plan for how the site could be laid out.

Founded in 1970, Andapak is a manufacturer of corrugated paper sacks & bags.

Michael Robson, on behalf of the applicant said all issues had been “interrogated and no issues were raised at the time.”

Councillor Peter Armstrong, on behalf of the parish council asked for issues to be kept in mind as the plans were taken forward including flooding, highways impacts and play areas on site.

Councillor Robert Reid concluded that no further debate required.

“We are where we are with it all,” he said.

As part of the approval, councillors asked for nearly £1.4 million towards improvements to local facilities.

They have also requested views of St Wulfram’s spire be kept.

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