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Kettering planners approve controversial lorry park

Council planners have approved a lorry park next to the A14 in Northamptonshire in a five to two vote.

Rothwell Land Ltd is to develop a site for 200 lorries close to the village of Orton where residents have set up an opposition group.

Villagers expressed concern over noise and anxiety to animals nearby but police supported the plan on driver safety and security grounds.

Kettering Borough Council planners imposed 27 conditions on developers.

These conditions include specifying materials used, landscaping, renewable energy production, noise reduction and prior permission for removal of any flora during the summer months.

Chair of the planning committee Alison Wiley said she understood residents' concerns but the police supported it from the start.

Other local residents had also expressed concerns about vehicles staying overnight in residential areas if the lorry park was not built.

Residents are still not happy and will fight on.

A spokesman said developments would be challenged at each stage to ensure they met the strict conditions.

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