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A Midlands haulage company wants to build on vacant land in Walsall and park up to 40 HGVs as part of an expansion plan that will create new jobs.

PMT Haulage has applied to the council to convert almost 1.4 acres of land in Darlaston into a haulage yard, where vehicles and trailers will be securely parked.

It said eight full-time staff will be created if the application gets the green light – two security guards and six HGV drivers.

The site, which is close to the M6 and A4038, will be used 24 hours a day, with between 10 and 40 lorries or trailers parked on it at its maximum.

In the application, agents First City said: “The proposed use will have no impact on neighbouring tenants/businesses.

“The proposed activities will not result in the creation of excess noise or odour and the opening times will not result in any impact on neighbours due to its sustainable location within an employment and industrial area.

“All lorries and trailers will be reversed into the bay so as to ensure easy and visible exit from the parking bay and from the site.”

PMT Haulage currently holds a standard national O-licence in the West Midlands traffic area authorising six lorries and six trailers out of a base in Tipton in Sandwell.