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HAUL OUT: Haulage firm blighting Bushey residents forced to leave site

 Published on: 27th December 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A haulage firm operating without planning permission from Bushey Hall Farm will now be forced to close, after losing an appeal.

It follows a long campaign by residents and Bushey Lib Dem councillors, who objected to the noise and disruption caused by Supple Transport’s lorries, as well as their unlawful status.

Residents said they were regularly woken at 5am by the sound of HGVs.

In February 2021, Hertsmere council brought an enforcement action against the company – who then appealed to the national Planning Inspectorate.

But due to a COVID backlog, inspectors only resolved the case in November, by finally dismissing the appeal.

They stated that the haulage operation “harms the openness of the green belt, [and] living conditions”, as well as the character of the area, while any economic benefits do not “outweigh” greenbelt concerns.

Bushey North councillor Jerry Evans said: “This is a victory for all the many residents who fought to restore peace to their neighbourhood.

“Supple’s lorries were a dreadful blight on the area – and the firm had no legal right to operate from a farmland site close to quiet residential streets”.

Supple Transport now have five months [from November 28] to comply, which means that from April 28, 2023 they must no longer store or repair vehicles on Bushey Hall Farm.

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