FINAL plans for a new major industrial development in Pensnett have been approved, despite opposition from residents.

The application for reserved matters relating to the creation of a business park on land off Dreadnought Road – owned by Hinton, Perry & Davenhill Ltd – was given the thumbs up at last night's Dudley Council development control committee meeting.

Opponents of the development hoped councillors would heed their fears over road safety but the committee voted to approve the plan which had won the backing of council planning officers ahead of the meeting.

The application was for the construction of a new industrial building after outline approval for the development was granted in summer 2019 - and access to the site has since been constructed.

Cllr Judy Foster had objected - saying the 10-metre high building would destroy residents’ privacy - and concerns about road safety were also raised by the councillor and residents.

But a report to the committee said "the principle of the employment development and access was established at outline stage, and the submitted reserved matters are considered to be appropriate from a design, amenity and highway safety point of view".