Green light for lorries a ‘compromise’
Permission granted for early start with conditions put in place to appease neighbours
CONCERNS over the number of lorries that drive through a village were raised as a demolition business was granted permission to work in the early hours.
Permission was granted for Dromenagh Farm, in Sevenhills Road, Iver, to use its rear yard, barn and access road as a mixed use for demolition and haulage contractors.
The site had an ‘extensive’ planning and enforcement history according to officers.
An enforcement notice in 2009, and amended under appeal in 2011, required the company to cease using the site as a haulage yard, though this was not complied with.
The application that was heard by South Bucks District Council on Wednesday, October 1, asked for permission again.
recommended it for approval saying the owners would ‘go to appeal again’ and this way there was a compromise in terms of times of operation.
The agreed times were from 5.30am to 8.30am, as the owner argued vans and lorries had to travel long distances and needed an early start.
However, Iver councillor Wendy Matthews said there was an ongoing issue with the number of HGVs driving through the village and that something should be done to minimise this.
She said: “It is a huge problem in the roads in and around Iver. It’s in our core strategy to try to cut down the number and this is a chance to do that.”
However, the committee was urged by officers to see this as a compromise.
The committee gave permission subject to highways approval, but limited the times of operation and put in a condition so the HGVs can only turn left away from homes to the right.
But Ms Matthews emphasised more needed to be done to cut down the number of HGVs, calling it a ‘burden’ on Iver.
Councillor Jacquetta Lowen-Cooper said: “I know that it is very annoying on a Saturday morning when you are woken up by the lorries.
“It’s bad during the week but worse at weekends. The condition would help that.”
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