Report recommends rejecting plan to store 200 HGV trailers on land in Alrewas

A report has recommended councillors refuse an Alrewas company permission to store 200 HGV trailers on land off the A38.

Leavesley International has applied to create the new storage area for vehicles to be “stored, services or broken and recycled” on grassland.

In a statement supporting the application, the company said: “The site has not been used for agricultural purposes for at least 15 years due to its isolated location from other agricultural land within the group’s ownership and the difficulties in gaining access for agricultural machinery through the established breakers yard and industrial working areas.”

But both Alrewas Parish Council and Fradley and Streethay Parish Council have objected to the plans, citing reasons including the proposal being:

  • A “visually intrusive” scrap yard in a rural location.
  • The urbanisation of the space between Lichfield and Burton.
  • The visual impact on Alrewas village and the National Memorial Arboretum.

But now a report to Lichfield District Council’s planning committee has recommended refusing the application.

“There will undoubtedly be benefits in relation to the expansion of an existing business operation, employment opportunities and economic benefits which carry significant weight in the determination of such an application,” the planning officer’s report said.

“However, I am of the view that the disbenefits in terms of impact on the character and appearance of te countryside, impact on the views and tourism for people travelling to the National Memorial Arboretum, the loss of high quality agricultural land, the development not creating the high quality jobs and the site lying within open countryside would significantly outweigh the benefits.”

A final decision will be made by the planning committee on May 3.

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