Convenience store maintains residential amenity

The provision of a convenience store on the site of a large, vacant petrol station and car repair garage on Merseyside was allowed despite the council's concern about it having an adverse impact upon the amenity of residents.

The site lay on a busy through route within a mainly residential area, an inspector noted, and the car repair garage continued to operate at the rear of the site backing onto a domestic garden. It had a substantial impact on the amenity of existing residents through noise and fumes.

Although the scheme would use this area for parking and manoeuvring, the specified closing times, along with its limited size meant that the store would not give rise to activity and noise which was more intrusive than the existing use.

It would not have an adverse impact on existing centres being well below the 2,500m2 required for assessing the likely effects, and access and parking were acceptable.

Inspector Les Greenwood; Written representations

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