Swimming school business inappropriate on main industrial estate

The change of use of a vacant Class B1 unit on an industrial estate in Essex to a swimming school for children up to 10 years old, was judged to be in conflict with the council's employment land strategy.

An inspector noted that many of the units on the estate were in employment use and he found little evidence to support the appellant’s claim that a B1 use was not viable. Since the proposed use would result in a significant reduction in the number of full time people employed at the premises compared with its previous use, this also counted against the scheme. Nor was he convinced that adequate parking existed on the estate to accommodate parents driving their children to lessons. The industrial estate was subject to a wide variety of commercial vehicle movements and adding additional parking pressure to the limited number of spaces available would undermine highway safety.

Inspector: Simon Warder; Written representations

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