Full permission for the erection of an industrial building and associated infrastructure, parking, access, SuDS and landscaping to accommodate the relocation of Molten Metal Products.
Location: Land at, Woodbury Lane, Norton, WorcesterOther planning applications at this location View location on map
Application Type: Non-householder planning application
Ward: Norton & Whittington
Application Received: 3 April 2014
Statutory Start Date: 4 July 2014
Consultation Period From: 11 July 2014
Consultation Period End: 8 August 2014
Decision Date: 27 January 2015
Case Officer: Denise Duggan
Decision: Refused - Planning
This decision is subject to the following conditions:
Notwithstanding the business case for the relocation of Molten Metals Products to this site to meet their specific needs, the application also includes a large speculative element and it is the combined impact of these two components that the Council considers to be inappropriate in this location for the following reasons:
The application site lies well outside the defined settlement boundary of Norton-Juxta-Kempsey as defined under saved Policy GD1 of the adopted Wychavon District Local Plan 2006. Therefore the proposed development fails to accord with the provisions of Policy GD1 which directs all new development to sustainable locations within defined development boundaries and consequently this weighs against the proposed development. The proposal is contrary to saved Policy ECON2, which enables the expansion of existing rural employment sites outside development boundaries, because the proposal is not wholly for the reasonable and limited needs for expansion of an existing business or businesses, but includes a significant speculative element for which insufficient justification has been provided. The proposal is also contrary to saved Policy ECON6, which enables employment development adjacent to development boundaries, because the proposal is neither small scale nor is the site immediately adjacent to a development boundary. Overall, the proposed development fails to represents sustainable development as set out in the Framework and the harm caused by the proposal significantly and demonstrably outweighs any benefits of the scheme.
The applicant has not provided sufficient information to demonstrate that there would be no adverse impacts on the landscape character of the area, on the archaeological assets of the area or on the amenity of local residents by way of disturbance from noise, smell and hours of operation. The proposal is therefore contrary to saved Policies GD2, ENV1, ENV10 of the adopted Wychavon District Local Plan 2006, paragraphs 6, 7, 8, 9, 17, 109 and 139 of the National Planning Policy Framework.
Molten Metal Products & Marsten Developments Worcester Ltd
Gregory Gray Associates
18-22 Albert Street
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