Cirencester lorry park plans could still go ahead
By Matt Hall | 14th November 2022
Gloucestershire business William Gilder Ltd has appealed against a council decision to not allow a lorry park to be built in the Cotswolds.
The business originally applied for planning permission in May 2021 to open a 75-space truck stop on Gloucester Road in Stratton, Cirencester near to the A417.
The scheme was turned down by Cotswold District Council, on the grounds it would harm the area of outstanding natural beauty.
In response to the plans, which also include facilities for drivers and a service yard, Councillor Julia Judd said it was "the wrong application in the wrong place".
"No one contests that truck drivers need and deserve better facilities. But not here, high up on this precious and sensitive part of the Cotswolds area of outstanding natural beauty where nature, wildlife and rural tranquillity reign."
Despite the rejection, planning experts working on behalf of William Gilder are appealing the decision.
They argue that the scheme would not have substantial impact on the landscape or environment "due to the existing and proposed boundary screening and the sensitive nature that the proposal has been designed."
A planning inspector is expected to review the appeal on January 31, 2023.
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