Coun­cil ap­proval for plan to split B&Q store

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

FARN­BOR­OUGH'S B&Q store will be down­siz­ing to make room for another re­tailer.

The shop, in In­vin­ci­ble Road, will be sub­di­vided into two sep­a­rate units.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion for the site, which con­sists of the 12,077sq/m store, gar­den cen­tre and 468 space car park, was granted in 2002, how­ever a con­di­tion was put in place to pre­vent the store be­ing sub­di­vided.

Hen­der­son UK Prop­erty Unit Trust sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to Rush­moor Bor­ough Coun­cil last Septem­ber to vary that con­di­tion, to al­low the build­ing to be split into two units.

The plans were ap­proved by the coun­cil last Mon­day. A noise im­pact as­sess­ment, car­ried out by 24 Acous­tics, stated that there will be no loss of amenity to neigh­bour­ing houses from the devel­op­ment.

The re­port stated: “The pre­dicted in­crease in noise level caused by ac­tiv­i­ties within the ser­vice yard (pre­dom­i­nantly fork­lift truck move­ments) is con­sid­ered to be low.

“Noise lev­els at prop­er­ties bound­ing the ser­vice yard are of mar­ginal sig­nif­i­cance for week­days and Satur­days, whilst lev­els may cause com­plaints on Sun­days.

“The pre­dicted in­crease in noise level caused by higher num­bers of goods ve­hi­cles en­ter­ing and ex­it­ing the ser­vice yard is deemed in­signif­i­cant.”

How­ever, dur­ing the con­sul­ta­tion process, en­vi­ron­men­tal health deemed the noise as­sess­ment ‘un­sat­is­fac­tory’ and many res­i­dents ob­jected to the plans on the ba­sis of noise dis­rup­tion.

One res­i­dent said on the coun­cil’s web­site: "The noise im­pact state­ment does not con­sider the move­ment of goods once de­liv­ered via the lor­ries.

“Cur­rently, at night time, although the dis­rup­tion of the ac­tual de­liv­ery trucks have no im­pact upon us, we of­ten hear or get wo­ken by the dis­tri­bu­tion and stack­ing of the goods around the plant.

“This dis­rup­tion is twofold; by the de­liv­ery of goods via fork lift trucks and then the staff stock­ing up the goods in the ar­eas.

“There are also fre­quent alarm noises when these dis­tri­bu­tions are be­ing made."

It is not yet known who the ten­ant of the sec­ond unit will be, how­ever, a re­port from Lam­bert Smith Hamp­ton, the agent for Hen­der­son UK, stated it will be used solely for the sale of non-food bulky goods.

The agent added: “The ap­pli­ca­tion is not made with a spe­cific op­er­a­tor in mind, and there­fore does not spec­ify the rel­a­tive pro­por­tions of the two units into which the ex­ist­ing sin­gle unit might be sub­di­vided.

“The pro­posal to sub­di­vide the ex­ist­ing unit would in­crease cus­tomer choice and the di­ver­sity of the re­tail of­fer for non-food bulky goods in Farn­bor­ough.”

ALISTAIR WIL­SON AN144647

The B&Q store in In­vin­ci­ble Rd, Farn­bor­ough.

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