Warning huge new warehouse will ‘destroy’ area with traffic hell

A campaign group has raised concerns over plans for a distribution centre, which they say "will destroy the character" of the area. The distribution centre, made up of two units, is set to be built on approximately 15.68ha of land between the J1 of the M18, Cumwell Lane and Sandy Lane to the south of Hellaby. Outline plans to build the the 715,000 sq ft development, called Interchange Park, attracted more than 200 objections before gaining approval from Rotherham Council in November 2020.

Campaign Group Hellaby Community Action Group (HCAG) say the development will "destroy the character of both Hellaby and Bramley settlements by bringing ever increasing volumes of traffic and vehicle emissions to an already overburdened road infrastructure". : Sheffield kebab couple overjoyed as they're crowned winner of Britain's Top Takeaways However, site owner Panattoni say that the "high quality employment scheme" will see GBP75m invested in the area, and the creation of up to 1,450 full time jobs.

Panattoni has amended the original scheme, by extending acoustic fencing, adding additional landscaping, reducing the size of the front unit, and lowering levels on the site to reduce visual impact. A spokesperson for the Hellaby Community Action Group said: "Although Panatonni's response has been to slightly improve the impact of certain issues, we feel that there are many absolutely crucial factors which affect the health and well being of the local communities, which are still not being taken into account. "The acoustic fencing will not reduce our exposure to existing traffic noise levels which are already above those that are known to cause severe adverse health impacts.

"None of the proposals are going to offset the impact of the additional traffic being introduced to an already congested road network at Hellaby/Bramley. Congestion issues are frequent on the major road alongside our homes, Bawtry Road, particularly the stretch from Maltby leading to J1 of the M18 and to the wider motorway network.

"In the view of HCAG, this development will destroy the character of both Hellaby and Bramley settlements by bringing ever increasing volumes of traffic and vehicle emissions to an already overburdened road infrastructure." A Panattoni spokesperson said: "The principle of developing an employment park at the site was agreed by Rotherham Council in 2020 prior to our involvement and the original planning application thoroughly assessed issues such as transport and noise.

"Since we bought the site we've been working closely with the council and other stakeholders to bring forward the development and have proposed changes including extending acoustic fencing, additional landscaping, reducing the size of the front unit and lowering levels on the site to reduce visual impact. "This is a high quality employment scheme that will see GBP75m invested into the local area, creating up to 1450 full time jobs. It will also add around GBP2m a year in business rates payments towards Rotherham Council's income.

"The logistics sector offers a range of jobs from entry-level operatives to supply chain managers, with automation requiring increasingly skilled technicians and we are committed to maximising high quality job opportunities for local people."

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