A Herefordshire town is to get a self-storage park made up of over 40 shipping containers.

LMW Property Investments had applied to station the containers on a vacant half-acre site at Leominster’s Northern Lights business park, also given as the Lion industrial estate.

The 43 steel containers, each six metres long, 2.4m wide and 2.6m high, are to provide storage for local businesses and residents, the company’s application said, adding that they provide a cost-effective alternative to renting extra office space.


The “functional, relatively low” containers “are not an unusual sight on an industrial estate” and would sit on concrete blocks at each corner rather than on permanent footings, it said.

The spot, off Worcester Road south of the town’s railway station, is classed as in flood zone 2, at “medium risk” of flooding from the nearby river Lugg.

In response to concerns, LMW submitted a flood risk assessment and surface water management plan, which planning officer Andrew Banks found acceptable.

The containers must not be stacked, nor exceed the number applied for, and they are to be removed when no longer in use, according to conditions with the planning permission.

Leominster town council supported the plan, which drew no public objections.