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Bombay Sapphire factory building work allowed to go on for longer
A GIN company which is transforming a mill into a distillery has been granted permission to increase construction hours, after it was announced that the project is delayed.
The Bombay Spirits Company, which is converting Laverstoke Mill, a former paper mill in London Road into a Bombay Sapphire tourist attraction, will be able to work between 7.30am and 9pm Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 6pm at the weekends – an extra 25 hours on site every week.
The extended hours were granted as Bombay Sapphire announced that the centre will not open to the public until Spring 2014.
It was originally due to open this autumn.
Before Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s development control committee’s decision last Wednesday, construction was limited to 6pm Monday to Friday, and at weekends work had to stop after 1pm.
According to a report to the committee the majority of extra work would be “internal” work such as pipe fitting and cabling and not heavy machinery.
After the request was lodged with borough council planners in March this year, eight letters of objection and one petition against the proposals with 14 signatures was sent in.
Laverstoke Parish Council had recommended the committee stops Sunday building and said: “There should be no work on a Sunday so the local community can have one day a week without the noise of building work”.
At the meeting, no one spoke for, or against the proposal, and councillors on the 14-strong committee unanimously granted the request without debate.
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