Haulage firms site plans opposed

A haulage company's plans to demolish its existing offices and build new office buildings have been recommended for refusal because they create the potential for an independent business park on an unallocated site in the countryside.

A haulage company's plans to demolish its existing offices and build new office buildings have been recommended for refusal because they create the potential for an independent business park on an unallocated site in the countryside.

Woody's Haulage Ltd has applied to Breckland Council to carry out the work at its site in West Carr Road, Attleborough.

The application proposes the demolition of two existing office and store buildings on the site and the construction of three new office buildings over two floors.

A report to the council's development control committee notes the total amount of new office space proposed is 2500 square meters and the submitted plans indicate that each proposed building would be subdivided to provide a total of 22 individual office units.

The report says the scheme involves “an intensification of existing use to the extent of a 100pc increase in office floorspace and a 200pc increase in employee numbers on the site”.

It continues: “The proposed layout of the office blocks, with their individual accommodation, clearly enables independent business units to become established and would, in effect, have to potential to become a small business park development.

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“This would be contrary to policy as there is no evidence as to why further businesses not associated with the established use need to be located at this site when there are remaining employment allocations to be built out in Attleborough.

“It is considered that the proposal is contrary to policy as it effectively creates the potential for an independent business park on an unallocated site in the countryside for which there is no justification.”

The plans are due to be considered at a meeting of the council's development control committee on Monday August 13.

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