Storage building for landscape business harms residents' amenity

Permission has been withheld for the erection of a storage building in Cambridgeshire which an appellant claimed was necessary to house equipment and vehicles associated with his landscaping business, an inspector expressing concerned about the harm to residential amenity.

The appellant stated that the equipment had been stored on the site for some years but the condition of the existing buildings had deteriorated and were insecure. Whilst the building would undoubtedly be of benefit to the business the impact on a neighbouring resident through the loading, unloading and movement of commercial vehicles, materials and machinery was of concern, the inspector decided. The activities had significant potential to generate noise and a condition prohibiting early or late working was inappropriate since this would impose unreasonable restrictions on the appellant’s working practices. Nor was a personal permission appropriate, the inspector ruled, because this would not mitigate the likely impact.

Inspector: J Flack; Written representations


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