Planning appeal underway over development of eco business park at Canford Magna

Battle over eco business park which could create 1,300 jobs as appeal gets underway

REFUSAL: Richard Genge has defended the council’s refusal to grant planning permission

APPEAL: Plans for the proposed business park at Canford Magna

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A PLANNING appeal into the development of a contentious business park on the outskirts of Poole is underway and is due to sit for six days.

Borough of Poole threw out the outline plans for an eco business park at Canford Magna in June 2013, which the applicants say could provide 1,300 jobs.

Verwood company Canford Renewable Energy is presenting its case for a low-carbon business park on the 17.6 hectare grassland area to a planning inspector, while the council is defending its refusal to grant permission.

Lush has been named as being among businesses which have expressed an interest in the proposed development of up to five plots on land south of Magna Road and west of Wheelers Lane.

The planning application attracted almost 230 letters of objection citing the loss of recreational space, impact on wildlife and increased traffic, among other concerns.

Richard Genge, planning and regeneration manager, Borough of Poole, said: “As the local planning authority we will continue to present evidence to the planning inspector, supporting our original decision to refuse outline planning permission in this instance.

“Our concerns related to the release of employment land ahead of our statutory review of our local plans, as well as the likely impact on the adjoining heathlands and protected species.”

The applicant says businesses wishing to expand are unable to find sites in the Poole/Bournemouth area to accommodate the size of buildings required.

It is accessible, renewable energy can be supplied from the nearby Canford power station and the land is available now.

Bearwood resident David Menet, who is among the objectors said: “A proposed industrial site of this size and character would have a detrimental impact on nearby existing residential properties.”

The inquiry is sitting at Upton House on May 14 and 15 and at the Thistle Hotel on May 13.

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9:16am Sun 11 May 14

Teddy 1 says...

More jobs are a good thing. Sounds like a NIMBY response!
More jobs are a good thing. Sounds like a NIMBY response! Teddy 1
  • Score: 4

9:41am Sun 11 May 14

loftusrod says...

Teddy 1 wrote:
More jobs are a good thing. Sounds like a NIMBY response!
Everyone's a NIMBY about something.
[quote][p][bold]Teddy 1[/bold] wrote: More jobs are a good thing. Sounds like a NIMBY response![/p][/quote]Everyone's a NIMBY about something. loftusrod
  • Score: 11

10:41am Sun 11 May 14

ashleycross says...

Eco eh, does that mean the roads around it will have cycle lanes and bus stops?
Eco eh, does that mean the roads around it will have cycle lanes and bus stops? ashleycross
  • Score: 11

10:42am Sun 11 May 14

ashleycross says...

We don't need 1.300 jobs thank you. The roads around there are tight enough without 1,300 more cars on them.
We don't need 1.300 jobs thank you. The roads around there are tight enough without 1,300 more cars on them. ashleycross
  • Score: -13

10:52am Sun 11 May 14

BmthNewshound says...

ashleycross wrote:
We don't need 1.300 jobs thank you. The roads around there are tight enough without 1,300 more cars on them.
You may not need a job but lots of people in the area do need secure employment. Your attitude is typical of people in this area who oppose anything that creates jobs and is good for the local economy.
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Just back up my view that the Jurassic Coast label reflects the attitudes of local people perfectly - prehistoric and at risk of making the areas economy to extinction.
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: We don't need 1.300 jobs thank you. The roads around there are tight enough without 1,300 more cars on them.[/p][/quote]You may not need a job but lots of people in the area do need secure employment. Your attitude is typical of people in this area who oppose anything that creates jobs and is good for the local economy. . Just back up my view that the Jurassic Coast label reflects the attitudes of local people perfectly - prehistoric and at risk of making the areas economy to extinction. BmthNewshound
  • Score: 16

11:26am Sun 11 May 14

Adrian XX says...

Quite often someone who wants to build claims "more jobs", but who actually measures how many jobs were created after the building has gone ahead?

There are empty industrial properties in Poole - but perhaps the prices are too high?

The advantage of keeping businesses close to the town is that people can cycle or walk or use the bus if they wish.
Quite often someone who wants to build claims "more jobs", but who actually measures how many jobs were created after the building has gone ahead? There are empty industrial properties in Poole - but perhaps the prices are too high? The advantage of keeping businesses close to the town is that people can cycle or walk or use the bus if they wish. Adrian XX
  • Score: 12

11:33am Sun 11 May 14

High Treason says...

"Could provide 1,300 jobs" That is the same as adverts that state up to 100%.
Therefore it could be 300 jobs as with the adverts it may only be 30%. How many are full time jobs or will most be zero hours contracts.
In fact it does not create jobs, it simply moves jobs from other places. This is just another case of making big money by big business, for big business.
Company Check.
Cash£394,063
Net Worth£4,386,309
Assets £2,855,658
Liabilities £4,404,386
"Could provide 1,300 jobs" That is the same as adverts that state up to 100%. Therefore it could be 300 jobs as with the adverts it may only be 30%. How many are full time jobs or will most be zero hours contracts. In fact it does not create jobs, it simply moves jobs from other places. This is just another case of making big money by big business, for big business. Company Check. Cash£394,063 Net Worth£4,386,309 Assets £2,855,658 Liabilities £4,404,386 High Treason
  • Score: 12

12:15pm Sun 11 May 14

Phixer says...

"Bearwood resident David Menet, who is among the objectors said: “A proposed industrial site of this size and character would have a detrimental impact on nearby existing residential properties.”

Go on - say it! 'It'll lower the value of my house'. Can we expect Mr Menet to write letters of objection if/when this - and other - industrial sites are proposed in other areas of the county & country?

Dream on!

What does Mr Menet say to those already living in the area when his residential development was proposed? What does he say to those who were 'affected' when his place of work was built?

Quiet isn't it?
"Bearwood resident David Menet, who is among the objectors said: “A proposed industrial site of this size and character would have a detrimental impact on nearby existing residential properties.” Go on - say it! 'It'll lower the value of my house'. Can we expect Mr Menet to write letters of objection if/when this - and other - industrial sites are proposed in other areas of the county & country? Dream on! What does Mr Menet say to those already living in the area when his residential development was proposed? What does he say to those who were 'affected' when his place of work was built? Quiet isn't it? Phixer
  • Score: 4

12:52pm Sun 11 May 14

Adrian XX says...

High Treason wrote:
"Could provide 1,300 jobs" That is the same as adverts that state up to 100%.
Therefore it could be 300 jobs as with the adverts it may only be 30%. How many are full time jobs or will most be zero hours contracts.
In fact it does not create jobs, it simply moves jobs from other places. This is just another case of making big money by big business, for big business.
Company Check.
Cash£394,063
Net Worth£4,386,309
Assets £2,855,658
Liabilities £4,404,386
I share your doubts about job creation. However, I don't think you can describe Canford Renewable Energy as "big business" when it is only worth four million. Even lush with net worth of 50 million would be considered a medium enterprise. http://bit.ly/1iFjeF
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[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: "Could provide 1,300 jobs" That is the same as adverts that state up to 100%. Therefore it could be 300 jobs as with the adverts it may only be 30%. How many are full time jobs or will most be zero hours contracts. In fact it does not create jobs, it simply moves jobs from other places. This is just another case of making big money by big business, for big business. Company Check. Cash£394,063 Net Worth£4,386,309 Assets £2,855,658 Liabilities £4,404,386[/p][/quote]I share your doubts about job creation. However, I don't think you can describe Canford Renewable Energy as "big business" when it is only worth four million. Even lush with net worth of 50 million would be considered a medium enterprise. http://bit.ly/1iFjeF i Adrian XX
  • Score: 7

1:10pm Sun 11 May 14

carrrob says...

Teddy 1 wrote:
More jobs are a good thing. Sounds like a NIMBY response!
Why don't you play another record you make the same comment every time !
[quote][p][bold]Teddy 1[/bold] wrote: More jobs are a good thing. Sounds like a NIMBY response![/p][/quote]Why don't you play another record you make the same comment every time ! carrrob
  • Score: 0

1:40pm Sun 11 May 14

Old Colonial says...

One of the issues with existing available empty properties is that they were designed, and are still being designed, on the principle that 'industrial' means heavy machinery and warehousing. Times have changed but planners and developers haven't. Much of modern industry could be run from premises that are prohibitively expensive because they are marketed and zoned as 'business units' or offices.
One of the issues with existing available empty properties is that they were designed, and are still being designed, on the principle that 'industrial' means heavy machinery and warehousing. Times have changed but planners and developers haven't. Much of modern industry could be run from premises that are prohibitively expensive because they are marketed and zoned as 'business units' or offices. Old Colonial
  • Score: 3

2:08pm Sun 11 May 14

fedupwithjobsworths says...

ashleycross wrote:
We don't need 1.300 jobs thank you. The roads around there are tight enough without 1,300 more cars on them.
Then build more roads!
[quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: We don't need 1.300 jobs thank you. The roads around there are tight enough without 1,300 more cars on them.[/p][/quote]Then build more roads! fedupwithjobsworths
  • Score: 0

2:51pm Sun 11 May 14

60plus says...

It was a really built as a sports arena not a business park,their are no public transport to it so all the extra traffic will cause kiosk besides when we have heavy rain the road floods.
It was a really built as a sports arena not a business park,their are no public transport to it so all the extra traffic will cause kiosk besides when we have heavy rain the road floods. 60plus
  • Score: 2

3:12pm Sun 11 May 14

cromwell9 says...

A lot of the land there is of poor quality.only fit for horses'
If it was agricultural land for growing food etc,i would understand the objection.
Traffic is a big issue.Cant see any more major roads being built ,The LIB DEMS scuppered the extention of Dorset Way , to meet up with the A31 at Ferndown (via Bearwood in the 90s),.
You wont stop Developers wanting to build,When all the land runs out .They will proberly fill in Poole Harbour ,And build on that.
A lot of the land there is of poor quality.only fit for horses' If it was agricultural land for growing food etc,i would understand the objection. Traffic is a big issue.Cant see any more major roads being built ,The LIB DEMS scuppered the extention of Dorset Way , to meet up with the A31 at Ferndown (via Bearwood in the 90s),. You wont stop Developers wanting to build,When all the land runs out .They will proberly fill in Poole Harbour ,And build on that. cromwell9
  • Score: 5

6:41pm Sun 11 May 14

Just_Sayin' says...

This company is also affliated with New Earth Solutions and connected to Commercial Recycling, Avon Material Supplies (the green and white tipper lorries that race down Magna Road every hour of the week as well). Ask the chairman to build on his golf course at Woodlands! They already have a huge amount of land behind Canford Park and own the disused landfill (supposedly!) at Arrowsmith Road and has grown from grants, funding and backhanders and I am sure the deal is already done using the eco route of renewable energy and the predicted amount of jobs a joke but that's the world we live in! MONEY TALKS!
This company is also affliated with New Earth Solutions and connected to Commercial Recycling, Avon Material Supplies (the green and white tipper lorries that race down Magna Road every hour of the week as well). Ask the chairman to build on his golf course at Woodlands! They already have a huge amount of land behind Canford Park and own the disused landfill (supposedly!) at Arrowsmith Road and has grown from grants, funding and backhanders and I am sure the deal is already done using the eco route of renewable energy and the predicted amount of jobs a joke but that's the world we live in! MONEY TALKS! Just_Sayin'
  • Score: 5

7:09pm Sun 11 May 14

ashleycross says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
ashleycross wrote:
We don't need 1.300 jobs thank you. The roads around there are tight enough without 1,300 more cars on them.
You may not need a job but lots of people in the area do need secure employment. Your attitude is typical of people in this area who oppose anything that creates jobs and is good for the local economy.
.
Just back up my view that the Jurassic Coast label reflects the attitudes of local people perfectly - prehistoric and at risk of making the areas economy to extinction.
Perhaps building it in the centre of bournemouth then so the currently unemployed occupants of HMO city in BH1 can walk to work there might be better than trashing what little is left of dorset's beautiful countryside.
CPO all the empty buildings in the centre of bournemouth, job done.
The law's there and the money's there. Just too bone idle to look it up on google and fill in the right forms and have a few meetings at the council.
Oh and we don't want to upset the precious property developers who just buy up half of bournemouth and leave it to rot do we now?
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ashleycross[/bold] wrote: We don't need 1.300 jobs thank you. The roads around there are tight enough without 1,300 more cars on them.[/p][/quote]You may not need a job but lots of people in the area do need secure employment. Your attitude is typical of people in this area who oppose anything that creates jobs and is good for the local economy. . Just back up my view that the Jurassic Coast label reflects the attitudes of local people perfectly - prehistoric and at risk of making the areas economy to extinction.[/p][/quote]Perhaps building it in the centre of bournemouth then so the currently unemployed occupants of HMO city in BH1 can walk to work there might be better than trashing what little is left of dorset's beautiful countryside. CPO all the empty buildings in the centre of bournemouth, job done. The law's there and the money's there. Just too bone idle to look it up on google and fill in the right forms and have a few meetings at the council. Oh and we don't want to upset the precious property developers who just buy up half of bournemouth and leave it to rot do we now? ashleycross
  • Score: 2

10:13pm Sun 11 May 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Hardly surprising they want to build on the land!
When this park was conceived it was going to be a brand new purpose built event and countryside park a partnership of Bournemouth & Poole. When this did not pan out quite as expected the owners started renting out land at the back including a waste management plant, sadly this worked against them as the stench from the plant put off potential hirers of the site. So hence the new plan for the site is a business park. Oh and the reason why the trees and grassland did not flourish simple when building this site rumour had it that thousands of tons of building waste and rubble went in the ground, far much more than was permitted, greed, simple greed!
Hardly surprising they want to build on the land! When this park was conceived it was going to be a brand new purpose built event and countryside park a partnership of Bournemouth & Poole. When this did not pan out quite as expected the owners started renting out land at the back including a waste management plant, sadly this worked against them as the stench from the plant put off potential hirers of the site. So hence the new plan for the site is a business park. Oh and the reason why the trees and grassland did not flourish simple when building this site rumour had it that thousands of tons of building waste and rubble went in the ground, far much more than was permitted, greed, simple greed! itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: 5

3:35pm Mon 12 May 14

speedy231278 says...

What about all the empty units already in Bournemouth and Poole?
What about all the empty units already in Bournemouth and Poole? speedy231278
  • Score: 2

5:28pm Mon 12 May 14

Rich521 says...

If Lush relocate, I presume their employees would be amongst the 1300 on the new site, so not 1300 new jobs.
No doubt they wish to be more efficient, with one site rather than their present multi site situation which makes good business sense (and more profit)
However, more efficient often means less rather than more jobs.
Also, Lush advertise their "Green" credentials and make great play on this.
So build new factory on existing green fields adjacent to an important SSI.
Does not sound very "Green" to me.
If Lush relocate, I presume their employees would be amongst the 1300 on the new site, so not 1300 new jobs. No doubt they wish to be more efficient, with one site rather than their present multi site situation which makes good business sense (and more profit) However, more efficient often means less rather than more jobs. Also, Lush advertise their "Green" credentials and make great play on this. So build new factory on existing green fields adjacent to an important SSI. Does not sound very "Green" to me. Rich521
  • Score: 3

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