Backing for expansion plait at farm

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28 Nov 2012
A FARMING business's expansion plans have been backed by a Swale council planner.

GH Dean and Co has applied to build an extra fruit store and storage shed at its headquarters in Hempstead Lane, Tonge.

While Tonge Parish Council has raised no objections, Bapchild Parish Council has objected. It argues the site is within the council's "area of search" for the route of the final section of the Northern Relief Road, which will join the Eurolink to the A2 at Bapchild.

The parish council also says the increase in traffic is a "major concern", a fear echoed by people living nearby, who are also worried about noisy machinery.

In a report for the council's planning committee, Jim Wilson, the council's major planning officer, dismissed concerns about the route of the relief road, saying the proposed buildings would not adversely impact its path.

He said he thought the effect of extra traffic generated by the development on Hempstead Lane would be minimal. On concerns about noise, he concluded the nearest homes were 100m away and the impact of air-conditioning units would be limited.