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Copart UK won planning permission for 4,000-vehicle storage yard

AN international firm poised to site a car depot for more than 4,000 vehicles in Greenham is refusing to accept a decision turning down an extension to its hours of operation.

US auctioneer Copart UK Ltd was granted permission by West Berkshire Council in May for the storage yard for the wrecked and damaged vehicles to be sold off at auction, subject to several conditions.

One condition imposed by councillors was to limit operations to between 5am and 6pm from Monday to Friday, with vehicle handling between 7am and 6pm.

The company, which has 13 such sites across the country, applied and failed to vary this condition to allow for operations until 8pm and on 15 Saturdays each year.

Now, the firm has launched an appeal against this decision to the Planning Inspectorate, despite the plans being branded “unneighbourly” by Greenham Parish Council recently.

In its fresh refusal, West Berkshire Council already decided that the extension of its hours of operation was unacceptable.

Officers said: “The proposed development is considered to be unacceptable having regard to the increased acoustic applicants on the site and upon neighbouring dwellings to the south east of the application site.”

West Berkshire Council also pointed out that the proposed 3m-high acoustic barrier to mitigate the impact of additional noise would be ineffectual.

The appeal, submitted on November 27, allows for consultation responses to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration until January 1, 2016, with a decision to be taken soon afterwards.

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