Noise worry no barrier to homes plan in Calne
9:00am Sunday 15th September 2013 in Latest News
An application to build 34 new houses in Calne has been granted on appeal, despite the concerns of a metal manufacturing company hoping to expand nearby.
The plans by housing association GreenSquare for land off Stanier Road will be 100 per cent affordable homes, built on a 1.7-acre site previously owned by window and door company Deceuninck.
In 2007 Ashville Calne Ltd bought the land and marketed it for six years. It had 65 inquiries, of which 10 were serious, but only GreenSquare made an offer.
Altex Engineering, which employs more than 50 people, plans to expand its factory on the Porte Marsh Industrial Estate to within three metres of the site.
The factory was operating 24 hours a day, six days a week, until the recession started to bite in 2008, and now managers hope to build business back to this level.
During the appeal hearing on July 24 they expressed concerns that noise complaints from new residents would result in restrictions that would hinder growth and development.
But planning inspector Simon Hand said there was no evidence to suggest the proposal would be incompatible with these extension plans and there were already more than 20 flats and houses next to the industrial estate.
Altex managing director Adrian Brewer said the firm had considered relocating but intended to continue its plans to expand on the site.
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