Thursday, April 10, 2008

Salvage firm backed in battle to stay put

Minchinhampton Architectural Salvage, Aston Down Gloucestershire

Builders and friends have rallied behind a reclamation business which is fighting to stay in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Nearly 40 people have written to planners urging them to let Minchinhampton Architectural Salvage stay at Aston Down.

Minchinhampton Architectural Salvage's permission for its 20-year-old operation off the Cirencester Road has effectively lapsed, the committee will be told on Tuesday. That is because the consent was originally given to named people who are no longer involved with the company, says planning officer Pippa Moore's report to the meeting. The firm's proprietor, Steve Tomlin, said more than a dozen jobs were also at stake. "It would be a tragedy if we were forced to close. We employ a lot of people and we think we have become an important part of the community," he warned.

The councillors are being recommended by Ms Mooreto grant Minchinhampton Architectural Salvage permission.

SUCCESS! 16 April 2008: The planning application succeeded

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