NEIGHBOURS near a proposed industrial estate in Droitwich have raised concerns about noise and pollution caused by an influx of lorries.

A plan to build a 32 unit industrial estate on brownfield land off Salwarpe Road in Droitwich has been submitted to the council but residents fear the extra traffic would damage an area already plagued by noisy lorries.

The number of extra journeys caused by the new industrial site an extra 83 trips in the morning and evening rush hours and around 470 extra trips on average every day, according to an assessment of the area's transport included in the application.

Around 30 of those trips would be made by heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) - largely on Salwarpe Road where the site would be accessed from.

A turning area for visiting lorries would also be built to the north of the site.

Plans for 117 car parking spaces across the industrial estate are also included.

Helen Strike of Netherwich Gardens said: “As a nearby resident I object to this application.

“We already endure noise pollution from DFS and Aldi as well as now Lidl and the outskirts of Berry Hill Industrial Estate.

“I feel the addition of these units in close proximity will add to this.

“I also question the need for these units in such close proximity to Berry Hill Industrial Estate.”

Fiona Heppelthwaite said: "I would like to raise an objection to the high number of units proposed and the turning facility for lorries.

As a local resident I am concerned about the increase in heavy HGVs in a residential area and the environmental impact on air quality.

"I also have concerns about the lack of information of the type of industrial units and the opening hours, litter and pressure on existing infrastructure.

"It is worrying that living so close we have not been contacted about this but has to hear via a post on social media.

"More information should be made available to local families."

The industrial estate would be around 800 metres from the town centre and 450 metres from Roman Way Retail Park which already has a Lidl, Aldi and DFS. Home Bargains plans to open its first Droitwich store in a unit left vacant by Homebase.

The site would be close to the A38 as a connection to junction five of the M5.

The industrial estate would be open for office space, light industry, industrial, storage and distribution businesses.

The application can be viewed via the planning section of Wychavon District Council's website.

Consultation ends on July 18.

The application number is 19/01306/FUL.