Temporary car park for Grangemouth workers gets go-ahead despite objections

A temporary car park in Grangemouth has been granted retrospective planning permission despite objections from the local community council.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 12:44 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th June 2021, 12:44 pm

The site, to the north-west of Wood Street, is being used as an overspill car park for construction workers building a renewable energy combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Calachem on Earl’s Road.

The permission lasts for two years, expiring on January 28, 2023 and strict times have been set for its use.

Grangemouth Community Council raised several issues relating to the site, which is close to houses on Wood Street, including concerns about vibration and unsatisfactory pedestrian access.

The temporary car park is for construction workers at Calachem
The temporary car park is for construction workers at Calachem

Councillor Allyson Black asked for the matter to be looked at by the Planning Committee, saying she had concerns that Wood Street, Chisholm Place and Beancross areas are already under pressure due to the heavy volume of traffic.

She said: "There are lots of issues with noise disturbance and having this level of traffic will only exacerbate the situation."

Mrs Black also raised concerns about the increased amount of carbon emissions the increased traffic would create.

Read More

Read More
Camelon firm Alexander Dennis to help deliver UK's largest ever electric bus ord...

Members of the planning committee felt the car park is actually making the area safer by taking parking away from residential streets and would be a benefit to the community.

Several conditions have been imposed to try to address residents' worries.

The car park can't be used before 7 am Monday to Friday, 8 am on a Saturday and 10 am on a Sunday. and will close at 6pm every day.

Permission was also granted for fencing and floodlights as well as a storage area, but the lighting must face away from the residential properties on Wood Street and be switched off when the site is closed.

Planning officers have no power to enforce how vehicles access the site, but they are suggesting that drivers follow a route via the B9132 Newlands Road, Newhouse Road and Wood Street.

The agent has also confirmed to Falkirk Council that all contractors using the site would be made aware of the routing plan for vehicles in order to take them away from the neighbourhood roads on their journey to and from the site.

Thank you for reading this article on our free-to-read website. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by Coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

Please consider purchasing a subscription to our print newspaper to help fund our trusted, fact-checked journalism.