Live-work unit permitted on industrial estate

The change of use of a business unit on an industrial estate in Durham to a live-work unit has been allowed following a ruling that it would not be incompatible with other uses in the area.

The appellant proposed to retain a business use on the ground floor with homes above. He argued that this would provide more flexible use of the building. The council said a live-work unit would undermine its employment strategy and was incompatible with the estate's prevailing land uses.

The inspector observed that the estate also contained a large restaurant, a small cafe and a fitness centre, while permission had been granted for a creche. None of these were ancillary to the industrial use of the estate, he opined. He also cited the National Planning Policy Framework's support for flexible working practices.

Inspector: Stuart Hall; Written representations


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