Ocado plant would bring 1,400 jobs to town

Basingstoke Gazette: Ocado plant would bring 1,400 jobs to town Ocado plant would bring 1,400 jobs to town

OCADO’S new distribution facility in Andover is expected to create even more jobs than was originally thought.

The £30million hi-tech plant at South Way, on Walworth Business Park, is now likely to bring 1,400 new jobs – 200 more than was first stated.

Financial contributions from the firm towards the area’s infrastructure, such as roads, should also bring further improvements to bus services as part of a drive towards sustainable transport.

Andover MP Sir George Young said: “I welcome the creation of new jobs for those living in and around the town – 1,400 jobs is roughly double the number of those currently seeking work.

“The Walworth Business Park has good access to and from the A303 without going through residential areas, so the environmental impact should be acceptable.”

A planning application has been submitted to Test Valley Borough Council and was due to be considered by the northern area planning committee last night. It addresses the impact the firm’s transport needs, including its delivery lorries, could have on the town.

Councillors had been advised to delegate the granting of permission to the head of planning, subject to conditions and the agreement of appropriate financial contributions towards highway infrastructure improvements.

In his report, planning officer Jason Owen said: “The application is accompanied with a transport statement that assesses the number of likely vehicle movements, the profile of vehicles likely to arise, and the subsequent impact on the highway network.

“This has been the subject of extensive discussions with Hampshire County Council highway engineers and the applicant, and further information and draft plans have been received.

“In taking into account the number and timings of vehicle movements, the nature of existing infrastructure in the vicinity of the site, together with the applicant’s commitment to enter into obligations to secure the provision of improvements to the highway, to widen sustainable transport links in the area, and the provision of a staff travel plan, the proposal is considered acceptable. It would not have a detrimental impact on the highway network.”

Money in the form of developer contributions would be used to implement policies in the Andover Town Access Plan, which sets out ways of improving sustainable access in the town by boosting cycle, pedestrian and bus transport.

The application seeks mainly to convert the interior of existing buildings at plot 54 and plot 89, and a 30m extension to the rear of plot 54.

Sir George said that he hoped some of the new jobs would be on the IT and skilled engineering side of distribution to get a better balance of jobs in the town and drive up average wages. He said: “These new jobs will also benefit local retailers and enable the town to sustain a broader range of shops with higher turnover.”

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8:49am Tue 15 Jul 14

BMGREAVES says...

The Highways Agency has the responsibility for reducing major road noise levels throughout UK to within acceptable limits. In 2005, the Highways Agency identified that 4 areas to the south of Andover on the A303 (T) had already exceeded those limits and that they would erect suitable noise barriers alongside the A303 - costs estimated at £1.1m (plus £1m for continuous maintenance). The HA would implement the noise barrier, ’when sufficient funds become available - probably in 2010’.

Since 2005, the A303 (T) road traffic noise has increased considerably from the HGVs from the many Trading Estates along the length of the A303. Cumulative HGV and other commercial vehicle noise increases on the A303 has led to many complaints from residents.

In 2006, HM Government directed that local Planning Departments could request financial contributions in compensation for the impact that huge developments, like the Coop Megashed would have on the environment BEFORE granting Planning Permission.

Goodman’s Megashed money was wasted on building 2 metre high wooden fences on land that was lower than the A303 - resulting in ZERO noise reduction for the residential homes in the 4 areas identified by the HA.

According to the Andover Advertiser (11th July 2014), TVBC Planners have already assessed that Ocado’s vehicles, ‘will NOT have a detrimental impact on the highway network’! TVBC will now spend the Ocado contribution on other TVBC Projects, cycle, pedestrian and bus routes!

TVBC are laying their hopes on the HA promise of ‘quiet tarmac’ laid along the length of the road, when the current road needs resurfacing - SOME TIME AFTER 2020 - That is another 6 years of excessive noise for residents!

Residents recommend that the TVBC Environmental Health Department carry out a practical survey on current noise levels - especially at the 4 sites identified by the HA in 2005, before wasting any more Planning Fees on 'other projects’.

The ONLY way to reduce the current noise level is to build noise barriers alongside the main carriageway - AT ROAD LEVEL!
The Highways Agency has the responsibility for reducing major road noise levels throughout UK to within acceptable limits. In 2005, the Highways Agency identified that 4 areas to the south of Andover on the A303 (T) had already exceeded those limits and that they would erect suitable noise barriers alongside the A303 - costs estimated at £1.1m (plus £1m for continuous maintenance). The HA would implement the noise barrier, ’when sufficient funds become available - probably in 2010’. Since 2005, the A303 (T) road traffic noise has increased considerably from the HGVs from the many Trading Estates along the length of the A303. Cumulative HGV and other commercial vehicle noise increases on the A303 has led to many complaints from residents. In 2006, HM Government directed that local Planning Departments could request financial contributions in compensation for the impact that huge developments, like the Coop Megashed would have on the environment BEFORE granting Planning Permission. Goodman’s Megashed money was wasted on building 2 metre high wooden fences on land that was lower than the A303 - resulting in ZERO noise reduction for the residential homes in the 4 areas identified by the HA. According to the Andover Advertiser (11th July 2014), TVBC Planners have already assessed that Ocado’s vehicles, ‘will NOT have a detrimental impact on the highway network’! TVBC will now spend the Ocado contribution on other TVBC Projects, cycle, pedestrian and bus routes! TVBC are laying their hopes on the HA promise of ‘quiet tarmac’ laid along the length of the road, when the current road needs resurfacing - SOME TIME AFTER 2020 - That is another 6 years of excessive noise for residents! Residents recommend that the TVBC Environmental Health Department carry out a practical survey on current noise levels - especially at the 4 sites identified by the HA in 2005, before wasting any more Planning Fees on 'other projects’. The ONLY way to reduce the current noise level is to build noise barriers alongside the main carriageway - AT ROAD LEVEL! BMGREAVES
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