Lo­cals in a lather over laun­drette

But coun­cil give it the OK de­spite ob­jec­tions

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Shirley Bar­tynek

Plans to in­stal a self­ser­vice laun­drette at a petrol sta­tion in Larkhall have caused a stir in the area.

Nine let­ters of ob­jec­tion were re­ceived by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil after ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning per­mis­sion was sought for the fa­cil­ity at the Shell Petrol Sta­tion at 1 Machan Road by ap­pli­cant Photo-me In­ter­na­tional Plc.

The mo­du­lar laun­drette fa­cil­ity has been in­stalled in the front of the 24-hour garage next to the car wash which is sur­rounded by a largely res­i­den­tial area.

The fa­cil­ity is 2.3 me­tres in height and in­cludes a cube unit with a depth of 2.4 me­tres and width of four me­tres and con­tains three ma­chines of vary­ing sizes in which users can pay to op­er­ate.

The ap­pli­cant is seek­ing ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning per­mis­sion, how­ever this was met with nine let­ters of ob­jec­tion.

Many neigh­bours said there were al­ready is­sues with park­ing, road safety and traf­fic con­ges­tion and say the petrol sta­tion, car wash and laun­drette can over­spill onto the pave­ment caus­ing pedes­tri­ans, prams and wheel­chairs to move onto the road.

They stated that the laun­drette will only ex­ac­er­bate the sit­u­a­tion.

Oth­ers stated that the laun­drette would cause fur­ther noise and dis­tur­bance to the area, as they run their car en­gines while wait­ing for laun­dry.

How­ever, coun­cil of­fi­cials stated in their re­port: “Given the ex­ist­ing built form on the site (the car wash struc­ture, petroleum fill­ing sta­tion with large il­lu­mi­nated canopy, totem sign and shop build­ing) it is con­sid­ered that the in­tro­duc­tion of a rel­a­tively small laun­drette fa­cil­ity is ac­cept­able and in that it will have a min­i­mal im­pact upon the vis­ual amenity of the site or sur­round­ing area.”

Coun­cil­lors agreed that per­mis­sion was granted for ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning per­mis­sion at the site.

At the same petrol sta­tion a sep­a­rate ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion was lodged by ap­pli­cant H&M Valet­ing for the erec­tion of ex­ten­sion to ex­ist­ing car wash struc­ture.

An ex­ist­ing lean-to struc­ture has been up­dated and en­larged with a tim­ber framed and fin­ished struc­tures, to en­able the car wash to store ma­te­ri­als and to shel­ter from the el­e­ments.

How­ever, the ap­pli­ca­tion also at­tracted let­ters of ob­jec­tion.

Some stated that there was a noise and smell which was be­com­ing in­tru­sive for res­i­dents.

While oth­ers stated that the struc­ture was an “un­bear­able eye­sore and is ugly.”

How­ever, plan­ning of­fi­cials in their re­port to the com­mit­tee this week stated: “The pro­posed ex­ten­sion is rel­a­tively small and is po­si­tioned be­hind the ex­ist­ing car wash­ing struc­ture.

“It is lower than the ex­ist­ing struc­ture and does not sig­nif­i­cantly pro­ject be­yond its sides.

“As a re­sult it is very much screened from the prin­ci­pal el­e­va­tion of the site, pedes­tri­ans and pass­ing traf­fic.”

There­fore plan­ning of­fi­cials rec­om­mended that the ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning be granted which was agreed by the coun­cil­lors.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the laun­drette fa­cil­ity is ac­cept­able and will have min­i­mal im­pact

In a spin Res­i­dents made ob­jec­tions to both the car wash and the laun­drette at the petrol sta­tion

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