Green light for new lorry park

A haulage firm has been given the go-ahead to create a new lorry and trailer park — despite concerns it will lead to light pollution in the countryside.
A 1.8ha (4.48 acre) section of open farmland east of the Stan Robinson site near Seighford, Staffordshire, has been earmarked for the new HGV and trailer park. The new facility aims to expand parking for the firm’s current fleet of 63 HGVs and trailers, (writes local democracy reporter Kerry Ashdown).
A flood attenuation pond has also been proposed to the east of the site, along with fencing, lighting and landscaping.
The lighting plans sparked objections from Seighford Parish Council and calls for mitigation measures such as screening or the potential lowering of the height of the lampposts if the application was allowed. The parish council was also concerned that additional HGV traffic could lead to issues on local roads which were not adequate for the size of the vehicles.
Last Wednesday, Stafford borough council’s Planning Committee heard that an early mature oak tree was to be removed as part of the parking scheme. A planting scheme would compensate for the loss of the tree, however.
A report to the committee said: “The tree officer comments that the tree is of moderate amenity value but appears to have developed a less than optimal form. While the tree is not without merit it does warrant being a prohibitive constraint to development and therefore raises no objections.”