DIGGER giant JCB has been given the go-ahead to build a new factory on the outskirts of Uttoxeter – despite objections from nearby residents.
East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee granted the Rocester-based company detailed planning permission for the factory with offices, delivery, storage and dispatch facilities at Waterloo Farm, in Uttoxeter Road, Beamhurst.
The committee heard the main concern with the plans from residents and parish councillors was to do with the increased traffic and noise it would bring to the people living near to the site and the surrounding villages.
Lyn Oakden, who lives in Beamhurst, also commented the new factory would mean she would lose her privacy as well as cause a nuisance through increase noise pollution and the dramatic increase in vehicles.
She said: “It is an agricultural and residential area and you have a duty to protect us from nuisances which would affect our way of life.”
David Oulsnam, of Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council, added the villages would not be able to cope with the increase in traffic as well as bring a danger to children who are walking to and from school.
Grant Anderson, speaking on behalf of JCB, said: “The current site has a number of constraints to stop it from meeting the business needs.
“This factory will bring with it a significant number of benefits to JCB and the local economy as it will create 390 new jobs.
“This plan is part of the wider Staffordshire Plan which will create 2,500 jobs. We know this is a green field site but no other sites are available that would meet our needs.”
Councillors were also concerned about the increased traffic and noise pollution and added an additional recommendation for the wall around the site to help prevent the problem.
Councillor Colin Whittaker added the although he welcomed the new jobs, the heavy goods lorries going through the villages was a major cause for concern.
After hearing all of the evidence, councillors permitted the plans subject to recommendations set out be the planning officer, including submission and approval of details of materials of construction and structural landscaping.