A BID to extend working hours at a noisy industrial site in Oswaldtwistle to 6am-10pm has been thrown out by Hyndburn planners.
Flair Flooring Supplies Ltd wanted a relaxation of conditions restricting it to a maximum of 11 hours a day Monday to Friday and 8am-1pm on Saturdays at Victoria Works in John Street.
But a separate application to allow 22 metal shipping containers at the site, which is surrounded by terraced houses, was conditionally approved.
This was despite worries raised by some members over the impact of increased industrial noise on nearby residents.
The head of environmental health had recommended refusal of the containers on these grounds and one letter of objection had been received complaining of the noise.
Councillor Marlene Haworth said: “I used to live on Victoria Street which is directly facing this site.
“The noise that came from that building was terrible. It resulted in me selling my property and moving because I simply couldn’t stand it any longer.”
Councillor Brian Roberts said: “The idea of 22 shipping containers on this back end looks an untidy mess, even though it’s protected by trees. They should put a proper application in to extend the size of the factory.”
But following a split vote the application was allowed on the casting say of chairman Councillor John Griffiths.
The second proposal to extend working hours was quickly rebuffed.
Councillor Claire Pritchard commented: “Residents have got a right to enjoy their properties.
“If I were woken up at six o’clock in the morning by metal clanging I don’t think I would be very co-operative.”