Yasmin Qureshi and local residents
Yasmin Qureshi and local residents

I am incredibly pleased to learn that the full planning application for the erection and operation of a mobile asphalt manufacturing plant in Burnden Business Park has been withdrawn by the applicant.

This was a very worrying proposition for local residents, who undertook extensive research into the scientific background of such plants, and came to the conclusion that it would cause significant air and noise pollution, alongside creating further traffic congestion, particularly with the number of Heavy Goods Vehicles set to be used for deliveries.  I met residents of Clayton Street in February, and they were all too happy to explain this to me, as well as highlighting the impact that this proposal could have on local flora and fauna, and the risks of water contamination.  Local campaigners helped to generate over 300 letters of objection, and a petition with over 550 signatures.  Their role in this cannot possibly be understated.

Their case was clear to me, so I submitted my own formal complaint to the Council’s Planning Department, distilling their concerns.  The proposal would have been a hindrance, rather than a help to the local community, and may well have caused significant environmental damage.

I must praise the hard work of the residents, who have campaigned tirelessly against the proposal and educated me on the science behind it.  These are people that I am proud to represent, and with whom I will stand.

The applicant has indicated that a new application may be submitted later in the year, and I have urged the Council to insist that a full Environmental Impact Assessment be carried out as part of any new submission.

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