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Stanton plans with more than 100 objections to be given final decision next week

Plans for a new vehicle recycling facility and relief road in a Suffolk village will be given a final decision next week following 100 objections.

The plans were submitted by Jaynic for a new vehicle storage, distribution, and processing site on land at Shepherds Grove, in Bury Road, Stanton, a new roundabout on the A143, and a much-needed link road to the existing Shepherd’s Grove West industrial area.

Earlier this month, members of West Suffolk’s development control committee decided they were minded to refuse the application contrary to the officer’s recommendation for approval and support from Stanton Parish Council.

An aerial image of the proposed Stanton Shepherds Grove development site, which would have included a Copart facility. Picture: Jaynic
An aerial image of the proposed Stanton Shepherds Grove development site, which would have included a Copart facility. Picture: Jaynic

The decision was reached following several objecting representations, reflecting 105 objection letters, on the grounds the significant additional traffic generated in surrounding villages, due to congestion on the A143, would be harmful to the residents’ amenity.

This meant the application was effectively deferred until a risk assessment could be completed — this will be presented to the committee next Wednesday.

The report says: “It remains the strong opinion of officers that the clear benefits arising from the development are substantial, outweighing any identified harm.”

Two further conditions have also been added to address residents’ concerns.

These include the creation of a liaison group to act as the first port of call to discuss and address ongoing concerns, which would be operational for two years.

Also included is a requirement for vehicles owned by the company to avoid smaller routes as far as feasibly possible, with the exception of trips with destinations within affected villages.

Despite the additional conditions, and the officer’s recommendation for approval, the report said councillors could still object to the application on the grounds the development’s extra 1,000 two-way traffic movements on the local highway network would be harmful.

The applicant said: “At present businesses have no choice but to go through the village past the primary school.

“However, given the choice between taking their vehicles along 1.5 miles of narrow village streets, or taking them along a brand-new road that is fit for purpose, and for a shorter distance of 0.9 miles to reach the A143, of course, they will choose the latter.

Concerns were also raised earlier this month over Copart UK, initially proposed as the end user of the site, pulling out of the development in October.

Addressing this, Jaynic said the development was likely to attract business interest from an expanding sector, with the council being able to determine if the development required any amendments from a new occupier.