Woodturning business in Melton saved by planning committee

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A woodturning business which would have got the axe if planning permission was refused - according to its owner - was saved by Melton Council’s planning committee on Thursday.

Turnstyle Woodturners off Burton Road, submitted proposals to change the use of part of a building, to the rear of Wicklow Lodge, from the storage of electrical white goods to a woodturning workshop.

Applicant Mr Parmar wanted to increase the number of suppliers he traded with by developing his workshop.

But local residents raised concerns including its impact on neighbouring homes and gardens, additional traffic, excessive noise and dust and business opening hours.

Mr Fionda, who spoke on behalf of the applicant, said: “Mr Parmar has been forced to relocate the business which cost in excess of £12,000. If the application is refused it would be the end of this business which is an important part of the supply chain locally.”

In November planning committee members deferred a decision until a noise assessment had been completed by the applicant with regards to the residential homes.

Councillor Gary Bush said he wasn’t convinced this was the sort of industry that should be operating on Burton Road and argued it would open the door for others but councillors Pat Cumbers and Pam Baguley argued smaller businesses such as craftsmen in Melton needed supporting.

The application was permitted subject to conditions, the main one being no machinery to operate outside of the hours 8am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 11am on Saturday.