Lubrizol expansion plans represent ‘most serious issue in Hazelwood for 30 years’

Villagers at Hazelwood Memorial Hall protesting against Lubrizol plans to expand their site.

Villagers at Hazelwood Memorial Hall protesting against Lubrizol plans to expand their site.

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Residents in Hazelwood are up in arms over what they say is the “most serious issue to confront the village in 30 years”.

US-owned chemical firm Lubrizol has lodged plans with Amber Valley Borough Council (AVBC) to build a new training and conference centre on its existing site on Nether Lane.

However, the proposals have angered villagers who claim they will “radically change the rural character of the area”.

Residents, 100 of whom have signed a petition against the plans, also cite road safety concerns and say increased noise and light pollution will occur as a result of the proposals.

More than 50 formal objections are now registered with AVBC and at a recent public meeting at Hazelwood Memorial Hall, Keith Walker, chairman of Hazelwood Parish Council, said: “This is the most serious issue to confront the parish in 30 years.”

Steve Cook, who lives close to the site, said Lubrizol’s expansion is an “unprecedented step” and one that would be damaging for the rural area.

David Morl, General Manager and Director at Lubrizol Ltd, said: “Lubrizol is committed to continuing to work within the established application and review process, and looks forward to achieving its expansion needs while minimizing the impact to its neighbours.

“This will be bringing jobs to the area, around 50.

“We’ve been communicating and working with the parish council and following the neighbourhood meeting, the company has taken into consideration changes that were requested for the planning application and is working with Amber Valley Borough Council to incorporate these changes where possible.”

A decision on the plans is expected no later than June 7.