DC Casebook: Retail development - Car boot sales held to undermine belt site

An Essex landowner has been refused permission to operate car boot sales for 56 days a year on land in the green belt after an inspector held that it would not maintain the openness of the area.

The inspector recognised that the appellant could lawfully operate car boot sales for 14 days a year under the General Permitted Development Order 1995. However, he was concerned that increasing the number to 56 days would have a significant impact on the openness of the site.

The highway authority had also highlighted the difficulty of accommodating all the vehicles of buyers and sellers without causing an unacceptable level of on-street parking. Congestion on local streets would undermine residents' amenity and highway safety, he concluded.

DCS Number 100-069-176

Inspector Ian Currie; Written representations.


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