Coach firm depot move bid in a jam

PUBLISHED: 11:43 06 January 2006 | UPDATED: 13:21 28 May 2010

The existing depot

The existing depot

LONG-established Emblings Coaches faces an uphill task to re-locate to a new site after a council report ruled its proposals could cause traffic problems in a Fenland village. The Guyhirn-based firm has sold its present depot for housing, and hopes to mov

and the site which is deemed unsuitable

LONG-established Emblings Coaches faces an uphill task to re-locate to a new site after a council report ruled its proposals could cause traffic problems in a Fenland village.

The Guyhirn-based firm has sold its present depot for housing, and hopes to move to The Chimneys, in Gull Road, a former agricultural storage depot.

But Fenland planning officials claim 175 vehicles could enter or leave the site daily, and "this does raise some concerns" for nearby residents.

In a report to next Wednesday's Fenland District Council planning committee officers accept Emblings "is undoubtedly an important rural service and does provide 40 jobs".

However, the report states that while the Gull Road site is "significantly outside of any built-up village settlement", the proposal would result in retention of the business near to its existing site, and that the site was not in a sustainable location.

Emblings had hoped to be allowed to move to the new depot and to remove occupancy restrictions on both the yard and a house situated there.

The parish council says the move would have no "adverse effect" on the village scene, but three villagers have objected.

Fenland's own planning policy department says there are "employment sites within the district that have not come forward and accordingly it is proposed that the principle of this proposal should not be supported".

Officers say the land is not allocated for industrial use, and the new depot would represent an unsustainable location.

While not disagreeing in principle that the site is acceptable for the proposed use, the officers; report says: "It should be remembered that the impact of this use will not be consigned to the immediate area.

The use would be more akin with an area which is away from nearby residents but with good transport links and much closer to built-up areas.

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