Grangemouth temporary car park green light despite objections
A temporary car park in Grangemouth has been granted retrospective building permit over objections from the local community council.
The site, northwest of Wood Street, is used as an overflow parking lot for construction workers who are building a renewable energy cogeneration plant (CHP) in Calachem on Earl’s Road.
The authorization lasts for two years, expiring on January 28, 2023, and strict deadlines have been set for its use.
Grangemouth Community Council has raised several issues with the site, which is close to the Wood Street houses, including concerns about vibrations and poor pedestrian access.
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Councilor Allyson Black requested that the matter be considered by the planning committee, saying she was concerned that the Wood Street, Chisholm Place and Beancross areas are already under pressure due to the high volume of traffic.
She said: “There are a lot of noise nuisance issues and this level of traffic will only exacerbate the situation.”
Ms. Black also raised concerns about the increased amount of carbon emissions that increased traffic would create.
Members of the planning committee felt that the parking makes the area safer by removing parking from residential streets and would be of benefit to the community.
Several conditions have been imposed in an attempt to address the concerns of residents.
The car park is unusable before 7 a.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday and will close every day at 6 p.m.
Clearance has also been granted for fencing and floodlights as well as a storage area, but the lighting must face residential properties on Wood Street and be turned off when the site is closed.
Planning officers do not have the power to dictate how vehicles enter the site, but they suggest that drivers follow a route via the B9132 Newlands Road, Newhouse Road and Wood Street.
The agent also confirmed to Falkirk Council that all contractors using the site would be informed of the vehicle routing plan to keep them away from neighborhood roads on their way to and from the site.