British Gypsum, part of the Saint-Gobain Group, has submitted a planning application to Leicestershire County Council to improve the efficiency of transport operations at its works near Barrow upon Soar.
The submission follows a period of public consultation events including a tour of the gypsum mine for councillors; and an information exhibition, which was held in November for residents living close to the site.
Barrow Works Logistics Manager Jonathan Male explains: “Barrow Works plays an important role in the supply of bagged plaster to the UK construction industry. We are continually looking at ways to improve our operation here and secure the role the site and its team will play into the future.
“This application seeks the go ahead to increase the efficiency of our transport, both for bringing materials in, and taking product out for onward delivery to our customers around the UK.”
The proposed changes offer benefits including shorter, more direct journeys, improved working conditions for drivers; and reduced peak-time traffic and emissions.
“We recognised that changing the numbers of lorry movements and times in which we have vehicles coming in and out of the site could prompt questions from local people,” continues Jonathan Male.
“So it was important we had the opportunity to discuss the plans in detail with them. We were delighted that our exhibition was well attended – we were able to explain the plans in more detail, answer questions and provide reassurance where necessary.
“In addition to discussing our planning application, we were pleased to hear that so many visitors were keen to find out more about Barrow mine and works in general.”
As a result of the discussions held at the consultation exhibition, British Gypsum has offered to meet with the Highways Authority to look in more detail at traffic on Paudy Lane. In particular, the company will look at improved signage at the Paudy Lane/Big Lane crossroads and conditions for vulnerable road users such as cyclists.
British Gypsum expects to receive a response from Leicestershire County Council within 12 weeks – once it has gone through its own consultation exercise.