Company told to move container

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AN industrial company has been told to move a steel container after putting it on land in a historical conservation area without permission.

C&D Group laid concrete then placed the unauthorised container on land for which it did not have planning permission together with some large steel gates, which prompted complaints from residents.

The company, which deals with the removal of asbestos, has now asked the council to approve its plans retrospectively.

Several trees and some bushes were cleared from the site on Ley Lane, Mansfield Woodhouse, to make way for the storage area which the company moved onto after being granted permission to extend buildings on its nearby Portland Street site.

Eight letters of objection were received from residents in the area on the following grounds:Trees and bushes on site had been felled,It was unclear whether the developers owned the land, The site would be used for the storage of asbestos, There were listed buildings in the area, It was an unauthorised development.

At a Mansfield District Council planning committee meeting Sheila Mcfarlane, of Ley Lane, said the land which was not registered to anyone, on which the container was placed was separate to the company’s Portland Street site and should not have been put there.

Said Sheila: “I am dismayed and the development should not have happened. They have already done the damage and this retrospective application is to put the damage right.

“This is a quick fix to put bad planning right. It should go to a more suitable industrial site.”

Nottinghamshire County Councillor Joyce Bosnjak, member for Mansfield North, said the storage container was put on site without consent and should be removed and the trees which had been destroyed should be replaced.

Speaking outside the meeting, Coun Bosnjak said she was concerned about the number of retrospective applications being submitted. “They do what they want then they apply for permission afterwards.

“This is a big company who should know the rules so to put up gates and a concrete base without permission is appalling,” she said.

Permission for the container was refused as it was not in keeping with the character of the area but councillors voted to approve the access gates with the condition that a speed hump be placed on the site behind them to keep traffic under control.

C&D Group declined to comment.