Councillors object to demolition of Kidde Graviner factory site in Poyle

Parish councillors have objected to the demolition of the former Kidde Raviner factory on the Poyle Trading Estate, complaining that its replacement with a storage and distribution facility could be “overdevelopment”.

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The Kidde Graviner site on the Poyle Trading Estate is set for demolition – but councillors have raised concerns about the redevelopment of the current building (inset)

Plans have been submitted to demolish the former Kidde Graviner factory site in Poyle, but parish councillors have voiced further concerns that the change would amount to further transformation of the Poyle Trading Estate into a warehousing and distribution site and see more traffic problems in the parish.

The application (P/11219/007) by VREP Poyle Ltd, a Jersey-based company incorporated just 8 months ago, involves the demolition of Windsor House on Mathisen Way and erection of a three storey building for storage and distribution (B8); business (B1c); general industry (B2); and ancillary office space.

Last February Kidde Graviner announced that 85 jobs would go with the closure of its Poyle factory formed in 1939.  Production has been transferred to France and the US.  The company had manufactured protection and safety systems for aircraft, military and commercial vehicles.  Mathisen Way was named after the man who invented the system that senses fires in aircrafts.

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The plans submitted include the creation of a service yard, car park, ancillary outbuildings, and landscaping at the 2.88 hectare site.

Parish councillors complained at the lack of plans available on the SBC planning portal and voiced concerns that the proposal could represent “overdevelopment” of the Poyle Trading Estate for warehouse and distribution purposes “which would have associated traffic and parking problems”.

However, minutes note that councillors were also keen to understand if a Section 106 contribution would be attached as a condition to the application for contribution to facilities in the parish.

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