Lok’nStore Group PLC, which operates 26 self-storage and two records-storage facilities in the United Kingdom, has submitted an application to build a new facility in Bournemouth, England. The property is on Castle Lane East, one of the busiest roads in the city, and officials fear the development could lead to more traffic congestion, according to the source.
The existing site is adjacent to a Tesco wholesale store, with entry via a roundabout on Deansleigh Road. The storage company has no plans to this, according to a statement from Forum Architecture, the firm representing Lok’nStore in the proposal. “The site is accessible by bicycle and by foot. Long-term cycle parking for people working at the building is located within the storage units,” the statement said.
Deansleigh Road provides the main access to Royal Bournemouth Hospital. It also leads to Bournemouth Crown & County Court, Village Hotel Bournemouth and RIAS, an insurance company.
“This deserves a proper public hearing, and I am going to insist that it goes before the planning board. I am not going to let it just go through,” said Mayor Lawrence Williams, who’s also the ward’s councilor.
The plans call for white cladding and glass on the building’s front, with the remainder in bright orange and silver, the source stated. A landscaping plan has also been prepared.
Traffic congestion on Castle Lane East is common. A recent closure of a roundabout on Tuckton Road greatly affected the hospital staff and patients, the source reported.
A hospital spokesperson stated it’ll work with the council to avoid a disruption in traffic flow, but doesn’t anticipate the storage facility will generate an increase in vehicles to the area.