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Southwell Town Council objects to plans to relocate Home Farm Logs to land off Lower Kirklington Road

Hundreds of objections have been received to a planning application to relocate a firewood and charcoal production business.

In response to the community concerns, Southwell Town Council also strongly objected to the proposal.

The application, by Starkey Farm-ing Ltd, would see Home Farm Logs, including new plant and machinery, move to farmland off Lower Kirklington Road.

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Members of Southwell Town Coun-cil objected to the application and stressed to Newark and Sherwood District Council, which will make the final decision, that they did not want to see it approved with amendments.

Town councillor David Martin said: “I want to emphasise the strength of feeling in the community about this.

“We have had a lot of signatures — more than 800 — and an extraordinary number of letters, and we want to back that up and strongly object.

“It involves the change of use of variable land to industrial land. It contradicts everything we have put into the Neighbourhood Plan.

“There are unused, unallocated sites elsewhere in Southwell, which might not as convenient for farmers but is more convenient for us.

“The disruption to the residents because of lorry traffic, which is going up and down a farm track, will also churn up (mud) down Lower Kirklington Road.

“It is obviously going to put hard concrete down to support the machinery and therefore covers off land from normal drainage and water will have to go somewhere.

“Whilst it isn’t a flood risk area, the land nearby is.”

Paul Handley highlighted policies that the application contravened.

He said it would be unacceptable to support it given the reaction from the residents, who highlighted noise, air pollution and the location as concerns.

Scott O’Dell, of agents Fisher German, said the move would create rural jobs, improve access arrangements, and lead to biodiversity enhancements.

He said they were working closely with the environmental health team, and an air quality assessment had suggested air pollution would not be an issue

“The proposal will not generate excessive levels of noise and the location is a significant distance from any receptors,” said Mr O’Dell

“A lighting scheme has not been proposed at this stage, but we would expect this to be secured by condition to be agreed at a later date. This will be designed sensitively to minimise the impact on the landscape and will be subject to the agreement from the council.

“The comments by Nottingham-shire County Council highways have been noted and a revised access drawing is being prepared to address these points.

“We have provided an indicative landscaping scheme at this stage, where a detailed specification is expected to be secured by condition.

“This will ensure that the site results in biodiversity enhancements.”

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