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Haslingden firm faces opposition over lorry park plan
2:00pm Tuesday 19th March 2013 in News
OBJECTORS are fighting plans for a lorry park close to their homes, amid crime concerns from the police.
Solomon Commercials, which employs 283 people in Rossendale, wants to use green belt land, off Manchester Road, in Haslingden, to house 92 of its refrigerated vehicles.
A previous bid by the firm to build the car park over a pond in Kingsway was withdrawn last September after concerns were raised by neighbours.
The latest planning application has prompted 19 objections from residents, including Coun Gladys Sandiford, who are unhappy about a number of fac-tors, including the potential impact on wildlife, and traffic problems.
Solomon Commercials said the creation of the car park could lead to 95 long-term jobs.
In a supporting statement, the company said: “We did commission a more exhaustive search through (chartered surveyors) Nolan Redshaw to find sites for Solomon to grow into, but we are keen to avoid these as they are out of Rossendale.
“Once that first step is made, the business will follow entirely.
“The managing directors of Solomon Commercials are Rossendale people, educated at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, and live in the valley. The aim is to keep jobs, and growth, in Rossendale, if at all possible.”
The council’s development control committee will meet at 6.30pm, in Bacup, tonight to decide whether, or not, to give the scheme the go-ahead.
Coun Sandiford, who represents the Greenfield ward, in Haslingden, said: “The proposed site is in the green belt. The council’s current consultation on recommendations to change the status of various green belt sites in Haslingden does not, and has not, included this site.
“Permission for this application could set an unwelcome precedent.”
Lancashire Constabulary has asked for greater crime prevention measur-es, including robust fencing and CCTV cameras, to be included in the cond-itions for any planning approval, due to the threat of high-value theft.
“The force said there were 61 reported crimes in the immediate surr-ounding area within the last year.