Highway concerns prevent indoor soccer in vacant warehouse

The use of part of a vacant warehouse in west Yorkshire for indoor five-a-side football would unacceptably harm vehicle and pedestrian safety, an inspector has decided.

The site lay within an employment zone where recreational development would not normally be permitted, the inspector determined. Set against the conflict with policy was the vacant condition of the building and the ability to revert back to an industrial or warehouse use if footballing ceased. There did not appear any reasonable prospect that the site would be used for its intended purpose in the foreseeable future and this outweighed the policy conflict.

Nonetheless, access into the estate was via a single access of limited width with no dedicated pedestrian access. This could be addressed by the appellant’s plan to widen the road and implement a traffic management plan. But this would not include a dedicated pedestrian route and this would not be safe for children walking along a road also used by heavy commercial goods vehicles. The appeal was dismissed.

Inspector: Helen Heward; Written representations

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