Blackpool haulage firm to be told it can’t operate due to ‘horrendous noise’

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A report to councillors also sets out concerns about the “horrendous noise of the crusher in operation”

Town hall officials are recommending the application is refused

Town hall officials are recommending the application is refused

A Blackpool haulage firm looks set to be told it cannot operate from a site close to residential properties after complaints were made about the ‘horrendous noise’ of a concrete crusher on the land.

Fox Brothers (Lancashire Ltd) is seeking planning permission from Blackpool Council to use land at Squires Gate Industrial Estate on Squires Gate Lane for the storage of up to 67 wagons, a workshop and a concrete mixing plant.

But town hall officials are recommending the application is refused when it goes before the council’s planning committee later today (June 7).

More than 40 objections to the contractors depot, which is already operating, have been received mainly from residents of nearby Oakwood Close, but also from Common Edge Road and businesses on Amy Johnson Way.

Evidence against the scheme from residents includes photographs of sand covered windows, with further issues including the risk of air pollution and environmental contamination.

A report to councillors also sets out concerns about the “horrendous noise of the crusher in operation” as well as “severe noise pollution in the form of heavy plant machinery manoeuvring around the site”.

It adds: “The eastern site boundary is within 100 metres of residential housing on Oakwood Close.

“Since site activities commenced last year, the Environment Agency (in addition to the council) have received a significant number of complaints about noise and dust from local residents, and continue to do so.”

It is also feared the closeness of the depot to the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone would jeopardise its ability to attract “new, modern, hi-tech companies and their staff into the area.”

Planners say: “The adverse environmental and social impacts of the proposal are considered to outweigh the economic benefits.

“As such the proposal does not represent sustainable development and refusal of permission is recommended.”

In its application submitted last October, Fox Brothers said securing the site would protect up to 100 jobs.

The company pledged to use special barriers to reduce the potential noise impact on surrounding residential properties.

It said the crushing plant was 290-300 metres away from the nearest properties in Oakwood Close which was an “acceptable distance away to preserve occupants’ amenities and to ensure there is no detrimental impact because of the development proposed.”