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Plastic factory battle lost

PUBLISHED: 02:00 14 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

VILLAGERS have lost their battle to stop a former granary becoming a 24-hour plastic factory.

More than 80 residents of Willisham objected to plans by WD Chaplin Farms to turn three barns on Bush Farm, Nedging, into a factory manufacturing sheet plastic because they feared the development would bring an influx of heavy goods traffic, noise and pollution to the rural community west of Ipswich.

VILLAGERS have lost their battle to stop a former granary becoming a 24-hour plastic factory.

More than 80 residents of Willisham objected to plans by WD Chaplin Farms to turn three barns on Bush Farm, Nedging, into a factory manufacturing sheet plastic because they feared the development would bring an influx of heavy goods traffic, noise and pollution to the rural community west of Ipswich.

Yesterday councillors gave the go-ahead, however, at a meeting of Mid Suffolk District Council's planning committee, subject to controls that its impact would be limited to an "acceptable" level.

The councillors heard that the plant would be producing 30 tonnes of material a week meaning the village would see up to six trips by HGV vehicles.

Vivienne Hoy, district councillor for Barking, said the villagers were plans had caused "a great deal of concern locally" but conceded that she had lived near a similar factory but hadn't realised it existed until she received council papers concerning it.

Terry Green, the committee's chairman, said he was aware of the need for diversification in the farming industry but that this needed to be balanced with the rights of those living in the village .

Planning officers told the committee that a limit would be put on the level of noise allowed, levels that were anyhow "extremely low".

While the factory would be operating for 24 hours at its busiest times of the year, the councillors also agreed to impose some restriction on its hours of use, particularly concerning the delivery and pick up of materials by HGVs.


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