Some 30 or so residents turned out to protest about the Hanson Concrete Batching Plant off Horn Lane this morning. There has been a plant here since the 1960s but Hanson replaced it without planning permission in 2011. They are now seeking retrospective planning permission. There is a huge problem in the area with PM10 particulate pollution which the council has been tardy in addressing.
The planning application will be heard at 7pm on Wednesday 12th March at Ealing Town Hall. The papers are here.
The planning conditions proposed by the Ealing council planners are disappointing for residents. Although there is a requirement to add additional monitoring of particulates (which Hanson has objected to) there are no maximum pollution limits proposed.
There is a sensible list of noise attenuation measures although it is not clear why Hanson has not simply implemented these already.
The council is considering give the plant ridiculously long operating hours my view: 07:00 to 18:30 hours Monday to Friday, 07:00 to 17:30 hours on Saturday and not at any time on Sundays or Bank or Public Holidays. These should be knocked back to 08:00 to 18:00 hours Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturday.
Many residents would like to see this plant go and are extremely angry that it was allowed to be re-built without planning permission in the first place. Hanson really should have known better. The planning committee must at the very least insist that the pollution monitoring and noise control measures are included and furthermore they should restrict the hours of operation of the plant which are currently too long. The plant really shouldn’t be running on Saturday afternoon.
The Horn Lane goods yard is a blight on this corner of Acton and with the arrival of Crossrail we should be thinking of moving this area on, not allowing it to be held back by industrial blight. In the meantime the council needs to do a much better job of policing these businesses.