By Ian Dipple Friday 06 December 2013 Updated: 06/12 11:24
THE OWNER of a metal recycling firm near Beoley has submitted expansion plans which he says will address residents concerns about the site.
Craddock Metal Recycling is seeking permission to build a waste transfer station and additional storage bays at its Icknield Street base.
The new station will be used to bale and store cardboard while another of the new bays will store electronic circuit boards to comply with new legislation. The expansion will create ten new jobs.
It is the second time plans have been submitted to Worcestershire County Council after an initial application was rejected for reasons including being inappropriate development in the green belt.
The resubmitted plan would also create a new access off Dagnell End Road.
But residents living nearby have raised concerns about the safety of the plan and the impact an increase in the number of lorries will have. It is estimated there will be between 20 to 30 lorry movements a day.
Resident Graham Thompson said: "Dagnell End Road is very narrow in parts and has a very dangerous blind bend which this traffic will have to negotiate.
"This will directly affect a significant number of properties in Thornbury Lane and Berkeswell Close who will find themselves within one hundred metres of an access used by heavy lorries throughout the day."
The company has also previously come under fire for the height of the so-called metal mountains stored on the site, blighting the landscape.
But Elizabeth Mitchell, planning consultant for Craddock Metal Recycling, said the new access would improve safety by allowing lorries to move through the site via a one way system, would be away from the bend and would only be entered from the Redditch side of the road. It would also ease congestion at the Beoley crossroads.
She added the height of the metal mountains had already been voluntarily reduced and planners would be able to impose further restrictions if they wanted to.
"The county council don't have any control at the moment over the site because it's classed as an established and lawful use, by granting the application they can have better control over what happens."
Adrian Craddock, current owner and whose grandfather started the business over 70 years ago, added: "It will look better and take traffic off the corner of the road and make it a lot safer."
Coun Roger Hollingworth, who represents Alvechurch ward which the area comes under, said while he had concerns about the new road access, overall he supported the proposal.
"It will improve the situation and start to tidy the whole site up."
Comments can be submitted on the plan until December 11 by visiting the planning section of Worcestershire County
Council's website and searching for planning application 13/000062/CM.
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