A10 safety fears could scupper firm's Setch expansion bid
A West Norfolk company's aim to create dozens of new jobs hangs in the balance because of traffic safety concerns about plans for a new warehouse off the A10.
Specialist Hygiene Solutions Ltd, now known as Inivos, wants to develop an old grain store near Spinney House, off Lynn Road, Setch.
But West Norfolk councillors have been advised to turn the scheme down when it goes before them on Monday week, June 1.
The company, which provides hygiene and infection control support to clients including several NHS trusts, is seeking permission for a change of use of the building, so it can be used to store products for sale and despatch.
In a letter to the West Norfolk Council planning committee, which has been published in officials' report to members, they said they currently employ 40 staff, with another 50 working in "locally outsourced production."
The firm says the Setch proposal would enable further expansion, potentially creating more than 50 new jobs over the next 12 to 18 months.
Their letter added: "We believe it is important the planning application is granted for the medium and long-term success of the business, local community and our NHS healthcare, its staff and patients.
"Inivos is in a critical industry providing key products and services to the current COVID19 pandemic and ongoing infection control.
"There is an on-going need for the development and supply of our products and services."
But parish councillors and county highways officials have both raised objections to the plan, primarily because of what they see as the safety risks posed by the plan for the A10.
The report said a Norfolk County Council assessment had concluded the firm's proposal for a new access point to the site would not be sufficient to address the issues.
The officer added: "An approval of this application would lead to an intensification of use of the existing site and would therefore lead to increases in conflict and interference with the passage of through traffic on the principle route.
"Such conditions would lead to the detriment of highway safety and efficiency on the A10 and I recommend the application be refused."
The planning committee meeting where the application is due to be discussed will be conducted over the Zoom online conferencing platform and broadcast on the borough council's YouTube channel.