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JCB office plans given green light

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

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PLANS for a two storey office as part of JCB’s multi-million development to create 2,500 jobs have been given the go-ahead by planning chiefs.

Despite the office plan being outside the development boundary and objections from nearby residents, East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee granted the digger giant permission to build the office on Harper Meadow, in Main Road, Denstone.

JCB submitted a detailed planning application for a detached two storey office building and bin store with associated car parking and landscaping on 1.46 hectares of land.

The new offices are proposed to house the company’s finance and insurance services divisions which are currently located in Mill Street, Rocester, and Woodseat Estate.

The building will feature a pitched roof and will stand approximately 10.7 metres high to the ridge of the roof.

The councillors heard the plans are part an integral part of the development.

Edward Edmonds, of Denstone Parish Council, raised concerns about the wildlife, increased traffic in the village and flooding from the car park.

Resident Pauline Dolan said it would be an intrusion on the character and people living in the village.

However, agent Grant Anderson said the office was an ‘integral part’ of JCB’s plans to expand to enhance customer experience and will contribute to the company’s sustainability.

After hearing all the evidence, Councillor Chris Smith said: “There are a number of points to be aware of with the planning history of this site.

“The site has never progressed for 15 years when it was envisaged to become a farm which would have meant demolishing the current building.

“As the result of the people using this office there will be extra traffic and we are aware of that. However, this cannot be accommodated on other sites.”

Councillors also asked if the building had to be so tall and were told this was needed to accommodate an attractive building.

The committee unanimously agreed to permit the plans.

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