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New Calor Gas Site. Trow way Diglis

On 14 June 2018 Calor Gas Limited applied to the Worcester City Council planning department for planning permission to allow their new site to start trading in Trow Way on the Diglis trading estate, Application Number (P18D0262 ).

The threat of the Calor Gas containers exploding,  potentially turning them into life threating missiles, means that the new site should have been granted planning permission under the “Health and Safety Executive”.

It was not granted planning permission under the “Health and Safety” critera instead it was granted using the “Town and Country Planning Act”

HSE is a statutory consultee under The Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2015.
Calor Gas Ltd made an application (WCC Ref P18D0001) to Worcester City Council (WCC) for Hazardous Substances
Consent for land at Trow Way, Diglis, Trading Estate, WORCESTER. HSE would normally be consulted by Hazardous Substances/Local Planning Authorities through the route described in our HSE Land Use Planning (LUP) – Public Safety Advice web pages & .
For reasons yet to be established HSE was consulted through HSE’s Local Birmingham Office, who did not recognise
the significance of the application and responded (not objecting) directly to WCC.
WCC granted the application, however it is noted that it has been granted under the Town and Country Planning Act
1990 and not the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990?

The danger of having a “Hazardious Substances” site on the doorsteps of the residents of Waverley Street is that they have to live with a constant threat of an explosion from the “Hazardious Substances” being stored there and the fear that an explosion could occur any time of day or night.

The team were made aware of this danger by local residents and have contacted Robin Walker MP, Cllr. Lynn Denham and others in a bid to obtain more clarity and to put right any underhand dealing that may have taken place with the contentious decision to allow Calor Gas to trade from this position, so near to residential properties.

Apart from the threat of an explosion, the residents have to live with the noise of containers being moved about from early morning to well after midnight. There is also the question of very bright floodlights shining into local residents windows keeping them awake at night. This light and noise pollution is unacceptable to the voters and taxpayers of the Diglis area. The team will campaign on behalf of the local residents for a satisfactory outcome.

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