Vehicle test centre use extending in hotel

A condition requiring the use of part of a hotel in Kent as a driving test centre, was varied to enable it to continue for another year.

The condition required the use to cease in March 2018 and the hotel use resumed. However the appellant stated that a total of 42 tests were undertaken each day and this caused little disturbance to local residents. The latter however argued that the test centre attracted an increased number of learner drivers reducing highway safety and increasing inconvenience, noise, congestion and fumes.

No substantial evidence to support this view had been provided by the council, the inspector noted. Conditions controlled the number of tests and hours of use and it was important that such an important public service was continued. The efficient and timely provision of driving tests helped to ensure a good standard of behaviour and therefore contribute to general highway safety. The permission was extended for a further year.

Inspector: Simon Warder; Written representations

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