A THRIVING Southampton company has been given planning permission for two 60ft tall warehouses that will tower over many of the neighbouring buildings.

Two applications relating to the Polystar Plastics site at Peel Street have been approved by the city council, subject to conditions that aim to tackle traffic problems in the area.

Polystar has seen two years of growth, mainly as a result of manufacturing PPE for the health service.

Daily Echo: One of the warehouses will be used to store raw materials. Picture: Southampton City Council planning portal.One of the warehouses will be used to store raw materials. Picture: Southampton City Council planning portal.

Last year the company applied for consent to build two storage facilities - one for finished goods and one for raw materials.

Planning documents submitted to the council said: "Activity generated by this development will be contained within the site to prevent disturbances to nearby neighbouring residential properties.

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"A central aim is to improve the interconnection between the various sites forming the Polystar company."

The documents said the company's plans for the site would cut the number of vehicle movements on the premises, thus reducing journeys on surrounding roads.

Daily Echo: The Polystar Plastics site. Picture: Southampton City Council planning portal.The Polystar Plastics site. Picture: Southampton City Council planning portal.

A council report relating to the proposed warehouse for finished goods said the applicant wanted to replace buildings at the front of the site with a building that would enable all goods to be stored internally.

Citing the varying height of existing units in the area it said the warehouse would not appear "oppressive or alien".

"It is clear from the plans submitted that the increase in height would not be detrimental to the street scene nor the character of the area."

The report said concerns had been raised about problems caused by HGVs and forklift trucks when deliveries were made to the site.

It added that one of the conditions attached to the planning permission aimed to prevent vehicles from "restricting nearby business operations".

The scheme would alter the character of the area but not enough to warrant refusal.

Citing the variety of nearby buildings, including St Mary's Stadium, it added: "It is considered that the area can accommodate this tall factory building."


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