Condition restricting employee numbers removed

A condition imposed on a permission extending office accommodation in north London which restricted the number of employees which could be accommodated was judged to be unnecessary.

200-001-259 (Image Credit: Planning & Project Management Services)
200-001-259 (Image Credit: Planning & Project Management Services)

The appeal premises comprised one unit in an agglomeration of commercial premises in a densely developed residential street. Permission had been granted in 2003 to convert the premises into smaller office units with no limit on the number of employees who could be accommodated. In granting permission for raising the roof and adding a loft extension the council imposed the disputed condition which limited the maximum number of employees to 16. The council stated that this was in order to protect the amenity of local residents from noise and excessive activity.

In assessing whether this was likely to be the case an inspector noted that local parking restriction were likely to discourage employees from travelling by car. Similarly, there was no conclusive evidence to demonstrate that removing the condition would lead to an increase in delivery vehicles or the number of employees congregating outside during work breaks. Other conditions limited the hours of use and ensured that it could be used as office accommodation only. The condition was deleted.

Inspector Beverley Doward; Hearing

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