25 Feb 2016 …It might be within earshot of a hospice, Peace Pagoda and Milton Keynes’ best known beauty spot but plans to build a concrete plant near Willen Lake are set for approval on 3 March.
Last year MK Council officers refused similar plans due to noise but the developer has dropped the noisiest element – a concrete crusher – and now officers are recommending approval. And yet – this plant, 200m from homes, would operate 12 hours a day, Mon-Fri, and 7am – 1 pm on Sats. It will be open for deliveries from 6 am, seven days a week, and generate 240 truck movements a day. HGV’s will handle hundreds of tons of aggregate, soil and even granite for recycling and processing into “wet batched concrete on site through mixing aggregate with cement, water and admixtures.”
A possible customer of the plant would be MK Council as most of the waste materials are generated in MK. Recycling may be great but with so much at stake lots of people across MK are saying this is completely the wrong location. So far 2,500 people have signed the petition to stop the plant
- Noise disturbance, seven days a week, including Bank Holidays. The planning department finds this acceptable but try telling that to residents of Willen Hospice, visitors to Willen Lake and birds nesting nearby. Campbell Park Parish Council strongly objects and says the applicant’s noise calculations are simply wrong.
- This huge, ugly shed will be visible through gaps in the landscape and to people travelling across MK on the grid roads. MK has a proud history of producing well-designed industrial buildings but there is nothing to be proud of here.
- Landscaping: the Council’s Senior Landscape Architect has called for planting of oak trees to screen the building. But the applicant is offering the cut-price ‘solution’ of “softening” the huge building by growing creepers up it instead!
- Wildlife: rare birds and even highly endangered water voles live on this site. Does anyone really believe these sensitive creatures will survive if moved to new habitats which are supposed to be built in their place?
Please contact your ward councillors to tell them what you think! You can also view and comment on the application on MK Council’s planning portal ref 15/02731/MIN. Send an email to the case officer firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign the petition to stop-the-concrete-plant
The planning committee meets at 7 pm, 3 Mar 2016 in what promises to be a fiery debate.