Businessman’s new bid for a lorry park

Businessman Sam Kandola pictured on the site in 2011. SG210511-124NG
Businessman Sam Kandola pictured on the site in 2011. SG210511-124NG
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A Spalding businessman is trying once more to build a lorry park, shop and cafe on land in Moulton Chapel.

Sam Kandola has battled for eight years to develop the site just off the A16 and last year had a similar application thrown out.

Now he thinks he’s made enough changes to overcome council objections, including using surfacing to stop dust being thrown up by moving vehicles.

Mr Kandola said the planning committee’s refusal was “disappointing” considering pre-planning advice with planning, highways and economic development officers met with support.

“The refusal was made on the grounds that noise would be detrimental to the neighbouring properties and that there was potential to generate dust,” he said.

Mr Kandola said an acoustic engineer recommended mitigating measures which have been included in the new plan to overcome noise.

“The areas upon which the lorries park will be constructed from concrete, the rest being tarmac, thus preventing the generation of dust,” he said.

Mr Kandola included those points in an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against the council’s refusal last year, but the inspector considered the changes to be too great and made his decision on the application submitted to the council.

Other changes include a cut in the number of HGVs using the site and a ban on lorry refrigeration units operating there.

Mr Kandola says he’s encouraged by the planning inspector’s report, which pinpoints a lack of facilities in this area supporting the transport network – and goes on to support the proposal, regeneration of the area, proposed jobs and the benefit the shop will bring locally.

Five planning applications for the site have been refused.