Corner shop would disturb neighbours

The change of use of part of a bungalow on Teesside to a corner shop was rejected because it would disturb neighbours.

The detached bungalow was at the entrance to a housing estate and the nearest shops were about one kilometre away. Planning permission had been granted for side and rear extensions and it was proposed to use the side element of the extension as a shop. The area in front of the site would be hard-surfaced to provide car parking. An inspector remarked that the activity associated with an exclusively residential area would generate additional comings and goings which would inevitably bring some noise and disturbance. There would also be an increased likelihood of litter, he held, and the creation of a shopfront and parking would be at odds with the residential appearance and character of existing properties.

There was no evidence that the shop was actually needed by local residents, the inspector noted, and numerous residents had said that the existing shopping facilities were satisfactory. Furthermore, although the intention was to stock the shop with convenience goods, Use Class A1 allowed for a wide range of shops, including ones that might have only limited connection to local needs. These would bring more customers and associated activity from outside the immediate area. The change of use would have a significantly adverse effect on the living conditions of neighbours with regard to noise and disturbance, the inspector concluded.

Inspector Jim Metcalf; Written representations

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