Vinery change of use 'could set benchmark'

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APPROVING plans to house light industry at Extension Vineries in Route Militaire would set a benchmark for other private site owners to follow, it has been argued.

Site owner Martyn Loveridge has amended his original application, which planners have recommended should be approved, to include a widened access point, landscaping buffers and acoustic fencing along the roadside boundary to better contain noise.

It is one of two sites identified by Property Services earlier this year with a view to accommodating tenants currently located at Fontaine Vinery.

Five letters of representation have been made against changing the land use from agriculture to storage and distribution.

Neighbours said they worried about how these changes would impact their quality of life and the surrounding environment, insisting the land should remain horticultural.

Traffic and Highway Services has also raised concerns, citing already-high traffic volume in the area, which is set to increase due to nearby housing allocation sites.

Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation also said there was 'a number of outstanding concerns' and recommended limiting site use to 7am to 7pm weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

However, Business, Innovation and Skills, a sub-section of Economic Development, said the plans would 'put back into economic use land which currently is not economically productive'.

The meeting is at Les Cotils on Wednesday 22 March, 9.15am for 9.30 start.

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