DC Casebook: Commercial and industrial - Amenity grounds block industrial use

An enforcement notice directed against the manufacture of timber fencing, furniture and wrought iron products on land in South Yorkshire has been upheld due to adverse effects on local amenity.

The appeal site had a history of vehicle-related activity including car hire, servicing and repairs. Two buildings had been converted to other uses. The first contained a lathe, drill and cutting frame used to create wrought iron products. Fences were created from sections cut elsewhere and joined using a nail gun. The second building was used to manufacture furniture, entailing the use of a spray booth and a compressor.

Local residents had complained about the use of extractors and fumes from furniture manufacturing. Although no spraying was under way during his site visit, the inspector agreed that the processes undermined living conditions. Since proposed mitigation measures were subject to a separate appeal, he decided that it would be inappropriate for him to take them into account.

DCS Number 100-069-588

Inspector David Pinner; Written representations.

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