Business development set for town industrial estate

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  • Residents object to plan but town council says new units will be good for area

A controversial plan to build new business units in Caistor has been given the green light.

Blue Print General Partner has been granted outline planning permission for nine business units on land at Enterprise Road.

It comes after nearby residents in North Kelsey Road raised concerns about noise and potential smells.

In a letter of objection to West Lindsey District Council, one resident said: “We already have enough noise and unpleasant smells from Sealord.

“The view from our garden will be ruined.

“This proposal will devalue our property no end.

“There will also be even more traffic noise.”

The units - which are just 20 metres from the nearest residential property - will have parking for 30 cars and can be used for office, research and development and light industrial purposes.

Caistor Town Council did not object to the plan - and councillors at September’s meeting in the town hall, believed the development would be good for the town.

Coun Mike Galligan said: “It’s a good idea.”

As part of the application process a WLDC trees and landscape officer highlighted issues about the proposed landscaping saying it appeared to be “inadequate and insufficient”.

The officer said: “Better quality trees with long term futures should be planted in areas where they will provide good visual features for amenity value and softening of the proposed buildings not hidden at the back or a few just at one end.”

WLDC planning officer George Backovic said: “The buildings themselves are sited a sufficient distance from the existing residential properties to ensure that the amenities of the existing residents are not harmed through an overbearing presence or overlooking.”

Sealord did not object to the application but raised concerns over highways.

In a statement to WLDC, a Sealord representative said: “My comment on the application was that if we build our new entrance, the development intends to put one right next to it and I see that as being unsafe.”

Sealord’s objections were 
forwarded to Lincolnshire County Council’s highways department, which did not raise any issues over safety.