Anger at plans to place 170 shipping containers near houses


Anger at plans to place 170 shipping containers near houses

by Tom Martin (October 2020)

A PETITION has been launched by angry residents in Seaforth against a plan to place 170 shipping containers near their houses.

The containers will be spread out across a derelict site on Sandy Road, which used to be an industrial site before it closed six years ago and has since been emptied.

Locals claim the noise of the containers arriving will be “horrific” and would then result in more pollution for the area when people arrive to use them.

An online petition has been set-up and says “the proposal offers only disruption, light pollution and no sustainable benefit to the area.”

Locals also claim it is too close to the nearby Rimrose Hope Primary School and houses.

The person who created the petition adds: “The basis of the objection is that it has not been publicised to a wider section of the community who will be adversely effected by this proposal.

“With the close proximity to the school which houses up to 330 children, the health and safety issues have not been fully explored and more evidence needs to support that the application has in deed addressed highway safety.”

The applicant claims the containers will be available for members of the public to hire and won’t be stacked on top of each other. The opening hours will also be between 8am-6pm, so it is claimed that any noise created by visitors will be at “reasonable times of the day and evening.”

The planning application states: “It is proposed to site up to 170, 20ft shipping containers at the site for storage purposes, with a site office to the west housed within two containers and 33 visitor parking spaces.

“The proposal will not have an unacceptable impact on the living conditions of neighbouring properties. The hours of operation will be 8am to 6pm to ensure that patrons may only access the site at reasonable times of the day and evening and will not cause any disturbance to neighbouring residents at unreasonable times.

“The majority of containers will also be located away from adjacent properties, with only a small number sited in the vicinity of neighbouring gardens. These will, however, be adequately distanced from the dwellings themselves.

“The use of the site for storage is more compatible with the surrounding residential uses than the previous industrial uses at the site in terms of noise, disturbance levels and visual amenity. The development will not harm the character of the residential area.

“The site has previously been used for industrial purposes, however it has now been vacant for over six years.”

The planning application does not require permission to site the containers, because as temporary structures this does not need the council’s approval.

Instead, it is asking for permission to change “the use” of the land. Locals objecting to the proposal hope it will go to a Planning Committee.

 

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