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Plans to install 16 electric vehicle chargers off the A16 in Wyberton approved, despite concerns about lights and noise

Plans to install 16 electric vehicle chargers off the A16 have been approved, despite concerns being raised about lights and noise impacting a neighbouring residential area.

Applicant Osprey Charging Network have been given the green light to install the chargers on Wyberton's Quadrant development

“The site is located north-east of the roundabout between Field Drive and Wallace Way and comprises of an enclosed gravel area adjacent to a number of houses,” the planning officer report explained.

The plot is situated next to Wyberton's Travelodge
The plot is situated next to Wyberton's Travelodge

“It is proposed to install 16 electric vehicle charging points and their associated infrastructure within this site, with access taken from an existing entrance.”

One resident and Wyberton Parish Council both raised concerns about ‘possible disturbance from car lights, engines and charger use at unfriendly hours of the day’.

However, the report added that: “The applicant was contacted about this concern and a pre-commencement condition for the provision of landscaping has been agreed to ensure that any possible threat is minimised.”

The proposed plot layout
The proposed plot layout

Environmental Health raised no objections regarding noise from the site, but a condition of the plans being passed included the caveat that ‘a noise impact assessment should be provided prior to the commencement of the development’.

A statement by Osprey Charging Network read: “Osprey Charging Network has already completed in excess of 300 sites around Britain and has witnessed the ever-increasing need for high-power, public, EV charging; as well as a need for the provision of slower speed charging for customers who have much longer dwell times.

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“Boston Borough Council has the goal of having every household in Boston be within a 10- minute walk of a publicly accessible EV charger by 2030.

The proposed plot layout
The proposed plot layout

“Part of this will be achieved by the council’s own rollout of on street charging stations but, due to the ever-increasing numbers of electric vehicles in the local area, there is also a need to supplement this provision with dedicated high-power hubs.

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“Osprey Charging Network believe that through the installation of this charging hub, and others like it, we will be helping Boston Borough Council towards achieving their goals.”

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