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  • Business park plan: Residents express concern

    Henry James

    LATHOM South Parish Council and South Lathom Residents Association have expressed concerns over an outline planning application to construct two buildings on land on the western side of the XL Business Park on Statham Road, Skelmersdale.

    The application by Gazeley UK Limited is for the construction of two buildings of light industrial, general industrial or storage and distribution purposes with ancillary offices.

    The application prompted Lathom South Parish Council to comment: “We want to ensure that noise, light, traffic, on-site parking provision and visual impacts are not an issue.”

    South Lathom Residents Association added: “The original planning permission for XL Business Park applied limits for the whole development but piecemeal development applications have made the area vulnerable to a “ratchet effect” whereby every new application could build upon the measured levels after implementation of previous approvals.

    “Additionally, there has to be a link between the intensity of activities and disturbance to the amenity of residents, which does not appear to have been considered. There is no mention of garden noise levels.”

    Officers at West Lancashire Borough Council have proposed that the application be passed with conditions.

    In a report for this Thursday’s meeting officers have looked at how the application would affect a number of areas. They looked at drainage and were satisfied that the proposed development demonstrates the required compliance regarding drainage and flood risk.

    Officers also looked at tree and landscaping and the director of development and regeneration at West Lancashire borough council, John Harrison, stated: “A detailed landscaping scheme and ongoing management and maintenance plan will be secured by condition.”

    Mr Harrison added that he was satisfied that “the development would not have a detrimental impact on ecology.”

    “The principle of the development is acceptable in this location.”

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