Councillors approve plans for 14 industrial units to be built in Northfield Road, Market Deeping
Councillors have gone against legal advice after concerns were raised about noise at proposed industrial units.
Plans were submitted to South Kesteven District Council for the building of 14 industrial units including storage, a warehouse and associated works, including a fenced service yard area.
The site in Northfield Road, Market Deeping was previously granted planning permission for 19 units, which has been implemented, with half of those units being constructed.
In addition, it formed part of a site, which secured planning consent for seven industrial units and more recently, the site, was granted planning permission for 14 industrial units.
In-line with previous permissions, the site's operational hours would be between 7am and 7pm from Monday to Friday, 7am and 12pm on Saturdays and closed Sundays and bank holidays.
At a planning committee meeting on Thursday last week (June 3), councillors raised concerns about the level of noise which would come from the site, particularly in the morning, as it is located next to a new housing estate which is having 240 homes built on it.
Coun Ashley Baxter called for the time of operation to move from 7am to 8am on Saturdays.
He said: "I think it's effectively our responsibility when we as a council are moving families onto the other side of the fence.
"I think it's effectively our responsibility to not have noise at 55 decibel at 7am in the morning."
He added: "I'm happy with this development generally, the only thing I'm stuck on is for people living in houses next door, which we put them in, is noise.
"If the applicant was here I don't think we would be having this debate - I think they would take it on the chin."
Chairing the meeting, coun Helen Crawford, said: "55 decibel isn't that much.
"I could go out to cut my grass in the morning and it would probably be louder."
The council's legal advisor said she 'strongly advised' the council not to add a condition changing the times as it leaves them open to appeal, resulting in costs, as the decision would be deemed 'unreasonable'.
Coun Judy Stevens also raised concerns about the metal, industrial fencing at the back of the houses.
"Apart from it being ugly, obviously, it also lets the sounds in and there's no buffer," she said, while calling for a condition to be added for soft landscaping to be carried out to add an additional barrier.
Despite a number of urges from legal advisors against it, coun Stevens proposed and Ashley Baxter seconded to approve the application with the conditions of opening at 8am earliest on a Saturday and adding soft landscaping by the fences bordering the homes.
With four votes in favour, two against and one abstention, the proposal was carried.