Site visit to determine Cross Hands food company's application for a meat processing unit.
COUNCILLORS have delayed a decision on a food company's application to build a separate meat processing unit for a site visit.
Castell Howell Foods has had a unit at Cross Hands Business Park since the 1990s, and now plans to build an industrial unit for meat processing and storage.
The application has been recommended for approval by planning officers and went before Planning Committee members yesterday.
But councillors decided to put off the decision until a site visit could be made.
Externally, the site is proposed to have a loading area and car parking for 11 commercial vehicles, as well as 50 staff vehicles with the addition of a bicycle and motorbike parking area.
Landscaped bunding could also be put on site, but no details have been submitted at this stage.
The building is proposed to be finished with a colour palette to match the adjacent Castell Howell building.
Fifteen objections have been received to the plans from members of the public and neighbours to the site, with concerns raised relating to noise, pollution of the River Gwili, flooding and smell, among others.
But planning officers have said these concerns would be covered by public protection, and a detailed drainage scheme for the site must also be submitted to avoid any flooding.
"There is concern over the water quality in the Afon Gwili given past experience of Dawn Pac," said head of planning Eifion Bowen.
"It should, however, be noted that there would have to be environmental safeguards and the Environment Agency has control through the permitting procedure."
Regarding issues surrounding noise, he said: "There is concern over existing noise issues from the adjacent Castell Howell unit.
"This is said to produce noise from loud music, refrigeration units and lorry revving and manoeuvring including the safety 'beeping' from reversing at all times through the day and night.
"The proposal is closer to the residential properties than the existing unit so there is concern that the situation will be made worse."
But, he said, loud music played in the factory would be a management issue, and not related to planning, adding: "The noise from the refrigeration units can be controlled by public protection if this is causing a statutory nuisance."
He said it was the nature of the business that lorries need to leave during the night to deliver products.
A site visit will take place on March 12.