DC Casebook: Food and Drink Uses - Lack of parking thwarts restaurant plans

The change of use of a former library in a Lancashire town to a restaurant and function suite has been rejected due to its impact on on-street parking and residents' living conditions.

Only nine parking spaces would be created, whereas council policy stated that a facility of this size should have up to 57 spaces. The inspector found the number of spaces inadequate and decided that on-street parking could not be accommodated without significant interruption to the flow of traffic. He anticipated that many customers would park outside homes, causing disturbance.

An officer's report recommended approval of the application on the basis that the building could be used for class D1 purposes without planning permission. The inspector did not consider that any D1 use would have the same impact. He reasoned that the basis for the recommendation was hypothetical and did not justify permission for a scheme with such impact on traffic conditions.

DCS Number 100-069-108

Inspector David Hainsworth; Written representations

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