In permitting the development, the council had imposed a condition requiring details of its use by outside organisations to be approved in writing. The appellants explained that a computer suite and some classrooms would be used by the youth service as part of the council's extended schools agenda, with any use ceasing by 9pm. The council was concerned that activity and traffic would undermine local residents' amenity.
The inspector saw little evidence to support this conclusion. Parking was separated from nearby houses by a fence and landscaping, she noted. Given the size of the rear gardens, she found separation distances adequate. It is not uncommon to find school space made available for community use in residential areas, she remarked.
DCS Number 100-069-520
Inspector Sue Glover; Written representations