Revised plans for a new £6.2 million warehouse on ‘eyesore’ land in Wolverhampton have been submitted to city planners – after the council threw out a previous application following objections from residents.
The empty ground, in Well Lane, Wednesfield, formerly housed the premises of BASF Coatings Ltd, which closed in 1997 and was later demolished.
It has remained unused since except for a number of trees being planted, with the rest of the land covered in weeds and bushes.
Now national property developers Barberry Ltd, which has offices in Birmingham, has put in a fresh application to build an industrial unit on the site – creating between 81 and 151 new jobs.
The company’s plan for the 55,000 sq ft single-storey development met with a flood of complaints from residents in nearby Bolton Road and Neachells Lane when it was first submitted in September last year.
Neighbours feared the firm’s plan to operate a 24-hour business seven days a week would have a detrimental impact on their surroundings, with concerns raised over noise, loss of daylight and disturbances from deliveries at the site.
The land measures 1.3 hectares and is located close to the centre of Wednesfield village and the Gem Children’s Centre, which had also raised initial concerns.
The nearest residence, a bungalow in a cul-de-sac off Neachells Lane, is 13 metres away. Other properties in the same street are 25-30 metres away.
Revisions to the application include a proposal by Barberry to install a new landscape bund, hedgerow and tree planting on the site to reduce the visual impact of the building on neighbouring residents.
They have also submitted the results of a noise survey, which claims the development can be carried out without an unacceptable impact on neighbouring properties.
There is also a plan to fit an ‘acoustic barrier’ outside the service yard and restrict daily delivery hours to between 6am and 11pm.
Despite amendments to the application, planners have still received four objections from local residents.
However, a council spokesman said the development would result in “significant job creation and investment for the area”.
City planning chiefs are recommending the proposal be approved, subject to conditions, when they meet next week.