Pudsey: Council knock back 24-hour HGV application

17 June 2019

An application to run heavy good vehicles from a Pudsey business have been refused by Leeds City Council.

Haulage contractor Relief Logistics deliver car parts from their depot in Carlisle Drive to the production lines at the BMW Mini plant in Oxford.

They requested planning permission to extend their current operating hours from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and Saturday 7am to 2pm, to run 24 hours a day.

Nine letters of objection were received from local residents, who were concerned about noise, disturbance and highway safety.

Applicant Roger Clifford said the company regularly needed access to the depot 24 hours a day:

“We really do go out of our way to not disturb the local residents and up to recently we have managed to do so without any complaints.

“Our main operation is delivering Just In Time parts directly to the production lines at the BMW Mini plant in Oxford and we have one of our trucks arriving there every six hours, 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday. These vehicles are all the latest Euro 6 low emission trucks that are very light loaded and make very little noise whilst leaving and returning to the depot.”

But a council planning report refused the application. It said:

“The Local Planning Authority consider that a 24-hour operation for access or otherwise would give rise to unacceptable levels of noise and disturbance from vehicular movements and the potential for on-site operations that would be undertaken in close proximity to the adjacent houses.

“This would have a significantly adverse impact of the quality of life of those residents by reason of the noise and disturbance at hours when residents can reasonably expect greater levels of peace and quiet.”

Plans can be viewed in full here.

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