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Andover Business Park, Goodman Appeal

Lorry on village street - villages in the Andover area could be at risk of increased lorry traffic Lorry on village street - villages in the Andover area could be at risk of increased lorry traffic

9 November 2017

An update from CPRE Test Valley District Group about Goodman's appeal to lift traffic restrictions from/to Andover Business Park, putting at risk communities along the A3057, A342, A343, A338, B3048 and Monxton Road.

In 2009 Goodman were finally given permission to construct a huge storage and distribution depot on Andover Business Park amidst vocal opposition which feared our roads and villages would be blighted by a daily (and nightly) flow of hundreds, if not thousands, of HGVs. These fears were partially placated by stringent traffic routeing restrictions being imposed that more or less confined lorries travelling to and from the Business Park to the A303 and A34. These conditions are notionally enforced by a camera system that detects lorries using prohibited routes and by fines for transgressions.

However, in their latest application for yet more storage and distribution sheds Goodman have requested that these traffic restrictions should be lifted and this would immediately put at risk communities along the A3057, A342, A343, A338, B3048 and Monxton Road such as Stockbridge, Kings Somborne, Ludgershall, The Collingbournes, Nether Wallop, Hurstbourne Tarrant, Shipton Bellinger, Tidworth, Longparish, Monxton, Grateley and this is not a complete list.

Permission was refused by Test Valley Borough Council, but Goodman have appealed and the appeal hearing will be held in the very near future (date not yet announced). If your parish/town is concerned by this then please let CPRE Test Valley know (so that we can inform the inquiry in our evidence) and also consider making your views known to the Planning Inspectorate by 7th December (please contact us for further information). Note that in 2014 there were 800 route violations by lorries to/from the Goodman site. However, as the whole site can generate up to 2,000 lorry movements per day, it can be appreciated that 800 per year represents a tiny fraction of the potential traffic along the currently prohibited routes.

John Moon
Acting Chair, Test Valley CPRE
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