PLANS for extra storage in an "untidy" Sale timber yard have been refused by town hall bosses.

The owner of Howarth Timber located at Glebelands Road had been seeking permission to build more racking at the plant.

The company said the additional storage would mean fewer forklift movements ­— and, as a result, reduce nuisance noise.

However, neighbours disagreed and also argued the additional shelving would overshadow and devalue their homes.

The council’s planning committee recently discussed the application.

Speaking during the meeting, resident Kate Newman said the racking would dominate the view from her backyard.

“This significant visual intrusion is detailed in the committee report ­— and yet the application is still supported by officers,” she said.

“It also states the alterations will create additional space ­— provide easier access ­— and reduce noise at the site.

“But no evidence has been provided to support this.

“Therefore, due to the significant impact the extra racking would have on my home – I urge you to refuse the application.”

Cllr Michael Whetton agreed and labelled the application "excessive".

“The storage would negatively impact on the neighbouring properties ­— and to be fair they were there first,” he said.

“The firm is clearly outgrowing the site and, as a result, is seeking to build upwards.

“But it would create an oppressive and untidy view of the area.”

Cllr Whetton also said he would not accept more storage would reduce forklift movements and noise.

“These plans are just too much,” he said.

“Howarth Timber is an untidy and inconsiderate neighbour ­— and I say we should refuse the application.”

Cllr Thomas Cary agreed and said the firm was getting "too big" for the site.