Scrap boss takes on the planners

THE owner of one of Bolton’s biggest scrap merchants is in dispute with the council over a refused planning application and an enforcement notice.

Sean Chadwick, owner of SC Chadwick and Sons Ltd in Breightmet, is appealing against the decision by planners to block his proposals to extend the site on land he bought in 2002.

Town Hall chiefs also served the scrapyard with an enforcement notice after Mr Chadwick built two single-storey buildings, a concrete boundary wall and four metal lighting columns.

All of the structures were ordered to be dismantled by planning chiefs in July last year when the notice was served but Mr Chadwick is refusing to back down.

A public inquiry into the Oakenbottom Road scrap merchants opened at Bolton Town Hall yesterday which was also attended by Breightmet residents. Alex Allen, principal planning officer at Bolton Council, gave evidence to dismiss Mr Chadwick’s appeal and uphold the enforcement notice. Mr Allen said the new developments were unauthorised.

He added: “The appeal proposal does not represent development which is in scale with the existing industrial area and, as a result, would adversely affect the site’s character and the character of the surrounding area.”

Mr Allen was questioned about a concrete wall surrounding the northern site in Brook Mill but said the wall could be reduced in height to two metres, rather than the initial demand to demolish it.

Vicky Cooper, waste disposal expert and consultant to Mr Chadwick, said the scrapyard offered a valuable service to Bolton business.

Mrs Cooper said: “Small trades people and businesses are not going to travel a significant distance to dispose of their waste with the rising cost of fuel.”

Mr Chadwick threatened to pull his business out of Bolton altogether when his planning application was first refused by the planning committee.

The inquiry continues.

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10:00am Wed 16 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

just because you provide a valuable service does not mean you can break the rules in order to do so - however I am sure that some degree of compromise can be reached in order to resolve this.
just because you provide a valuable service does not mean you can break the rules in order to do so - however I am sure that some degree of compromise can be reached in order to resolve this. oftbewildered2

1:55pm Wed 16 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

A scrap yard in Breightmet?I've never noticed it,it must blend in really well.
A scrap yard in Breightmet?I've never noticed it,it must blend in really well. boltonnut

10:58pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Citizen Cane says...

Why are comments allowed on a planning infringement which can not affect human health but not on an allegedly rodent infested foodstore that is potentially a hazard to human health? Is there victimisation of the scrapyard owner going on here? BN, please share your rationale with the contributors.
Why are comments allowed on a planning infringement which can not affect human health but not on an allegedly rodent infested foodstore that is potentially a hazard to human health? Is there victimisation of the scrapyard owner going on here? BN, please share your rationale with the contributors. Citizen Cane

12:19am Thu 17 Jan 13

ARBEE says...

Any person taking scrap to a dealer should be paiid at least one week later,
and only after showing some form of identification.
Any person taking scrap to a dealer should be paiid at least one week later, and only after showing some form of identification. ARBEE

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