Controversial haulage yard application gets go-ahead

A PLANNING application by a Silk Willoughby haulage company described by a resident as a “monster” was approved last week.

The retrospective application by MC Mountain and Sons, which will see an area of their land used as storage for lorry tractor units, HGV trailers and roll on/off bins was approved by North Kesteven District Council’s planning committee last Tuesday, subject to a Section 106 agreement.

The application had been met by opposition from residents of Silk Willoughby, with several writing letters prior to the meeting, although just five official complaints were made to Environmental Services since 2007.

Alan Wilson, who has lived in the village for 25 years, spoke at the meeting saying that if NKDC voted yes to this application, they could be voting for a “monster”.

Coun Geoff Hazelwood described this as “an awkward situation to keep everyone happy”, and Coun Stewart Ogden added: “I do support the application but I also urge the applicant to do what they can to ease the worries of the village.”

Coun Jim Cook described the applicant as being “arrogant” with the feelings of the villagers as he knows that people can be woken up in the early hours by the vehicles, but also said that he hoped the 106 agreement can restrict the hours that the lorries go in and out.

Mountains, who had previously had two similar applications turned down, or dismissed on appeal, in 2001 and 2003, must sign the agreement that restricts the number of vehicles that operate at the site to 58 lorry tractor units, 82 trailers and 12 Translinc public service vehicles.

Silk Willoughby parish council’s response to the application was that it is “wholly unacceptable” and they believe that the land should be returned to arable land.