23rd Oct, 2020

Noisy Rubery company faces backlash for operating without planning permission

Harry Leach 2nd Oct, 2020

A RUBERY company is facing fierce backlash for operating without planning permission and disturbing its nearby neighbours.

Residents of Richmond Road and Barrington Road, who live near to Adam’s Foods on The Avenue, say the company is making their lives a misery.

They claim they are continuously disturbed by the noise of heavy vehicles day and night.

Noise and pollution complaints are made regularly to Worcester Regulatory Services.

Bromsgrove District Council has twice thrown out planning permission submitted by the company with planners saying the business was not classed as light industry and therefore should not be located so close to residential properties.

They also told the company it did not have permission to build one of its storage buildings.

Adam’s Food manager Syed Ahmad told the Standard: “The council recently refused our planning permission but we have now appealed – so it’s still under process.

“We are not operating without a licence because we have a time period for our appeal.”

But further checks with the council by us revealed an appeal is yet to be lodged.

A council spokesperson said: “No notification of appeal from the applicant has been received since planning permission was refused on August 26.

“However, the applicant has six months from the decision date, until February 24, 2021, to exercise their right of appeal.”

One Barrington Road resident said it had gone on for almost two years.

“Not only is the factory and eyesore but the noise coming from it is excruciating.

“I can’t open my windows during the summer months because of noise coming from the cold storage unit, workers shouting and trucks.

“Gas bottles which should be secured in a cage to prevent a fire are just left in the backyard.

“It’s a blatant disregard for local residents but what is worse is their attitude that they can do whatever they want.”

Rubery councillor Peter McDonald added Adam’s Foods had blocked off a pavement with its company sign which Worcestershire County Council removed.

He said: “Residents should be able to sit in the garden free from noise pollution.

“The sooner the local council places an enforcement order on the company the sooner local residents lives can get back to normal.”

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