Planners agree to Buildbase move second time around

Buildbase in Warwick Road
Buildbase in Warwick Road
  • Conditions imposed include opening hours of 7.30am and 5pm on weekdays, or 8am and 4pm on Saturdays
  • Deliveries cannot be made outside these times, or at weekends or on bank holidays
  • Buildings will be painted grey with red detailing and doors, and screening is to be put up

Buildbase can finally move into empty warehouses in Princes Drive but must adhere to strict conditions on opening and delivery times in the face of residential opposition.

The builders merchant has been seeking new premises after being forced out of its Priory Road site last year to make way for the new Kenilworth station build.

I am very happy to see Buildbase making effort to meet the residents

Gordon Cain

It had its latest application to move into empty warehouse units passed after planners found no reason to refuse the bid for a second time.

Recommending the application go through, Warwick District Council planning officers described Buildbase as a “key employer” for the town.

The company - owned by Grafton Merchanting Ltd has agreed not to accept deliveries at weekends or bank holidays, or outside of set hours in hope of calming resident’s fears.

Discussing the plans at a meeting on Wednesday night, Cllr Gordon Cain said he was “very happy” to see willingness by the group to address concerns by neighbours, but asked if more could be done to shield the storage yard, with higher fencing or restrictions on the height of materials being stored.

At least 11 objections were raised by residents over issues of noise, dust, an increase in delivery vehicles and fears for irresponsible parking.

Resident, Mr Mead, speaking on behalf of his Crackley Hill neighbours, said there was “significant concern” over access and damage by HGVs.

He also fears over upkeep of the road which is privately owned by with no record of by who with the council.

“There will be noise pollution and deliveries next to bedrooms, it is simply not acceptable,” he said. “This will set a precedent for other businesses and will change the atmosphere of the estate.”

Cllr Felicity Bunker also raised worry over the upkeep of the road which would be “not very helpful for visitors”.

It was noted that imposing conditions on the times deliveries could be made may increase traffic problems as HGVs will be forced to queue up and wait outside the space early in the mornings rather than being allowed in to unload as they arrive.

Mr Welchman, speaking on behalf of the applicants, said all had been done to meet neighbours’ concerns including agreeing to reduced opening hours and restricted delivery days.

The build, which includes 14 parking spaces for staff will include demolition and rebuilding of the larger unit.

The units have been empty for one and two years and were subject to unrestricted use or conditions as warehouses.

The application was passed after seven votes to two at Wednesday’s meeting.