Lorry park and shop plan is thrown out a second time

Sam Kandola on the site he's battled to develop for eight years. SG2110511-124NG
Sam Kandola on the site he's battled to develop for eight years. SG2110511-124NG
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A businessman has lost his second bid to build a lorry park, shop, toilets and cafe on land off the A16.

Sam Kandola changed his plans in a bid to overcome previous council objections, including using surfacing to stop dust being thrown up by moving vehicles and noise reduction measures.

Mr Kandola’s business associate David Jack made a plea at Wednesday’s planning meeting for the application to be deferred for talks with planning officers, saying there had been no opportunity to discuss details.

But the committee went ahead, debated the application and unanimously rejected it.

Mr Kandola has been trying for eight years to develop the land he owns at Moulton Chapel Road, Cowbit.

He hasn’t commented on the refusal, but in June he said he thought he had done enough to beat the committee’s previous objections on noise and dust.

In their report, planning officers said there was a need for a lorry park in South Holland but described Mr Kandola’s site as “inherently unsuitable”, saying residents would suffer noise and disturbance from lorries entering, leaving and manoeuvring.

Mr Kandola also planned to restrict the lorry park’s hours of operation, but officers were concerned that would depend on effective site management and planning conditions that may be incapable of effective enforcement due to the level of monitoring that would be needed.

Coun Anthony Casson said the previous plan was refused on appeal and, while there had been a few alterations in the latest application, he believed it would still be too noisy for people living nearby.

He said: “They are too close to neighbouring properties.”

Coun Bryan Alcock said: “As far as I can see the applicant has tried to overcome the reasons for refusal on the last occasion.”

Committee chairman Coun Roger Gambba-Jones said lorries were noisy by their very nature and it would be difficult to control use of the site by imposing planning conditions.

He said residents could suffer noise week in week out and the council would have to catch the operator “at it” before it could do anything.

“It’s a tricky one because the principle of the lorry park is agreed,” he said. “Most members acknowledge that lorries are the lifeblood of our industry in South Holland.”