The site, previously occupied by a church, had been laid out with hardcore and rubble and automatic barriers and payment machines had been installed, providing up to 40 spaces. In issuing an enforcement notice against the use, the council claimed that it was inconsistent with its town centre parking strategy, which sought to restrict the total number of spaces and encourage alternative forms of transport. However, it had granted outline permission for redevelopment of another car park nearby, which would deliver a mix of uses and an increase in public parking.
The inspector noted that the existing spaces would not be available during construction on the redevelopment site. In the short term, he reasoned, motorists would be disadvantaged and requiring cessation of the parking use at the appeal site would compound the situation. He granted temporary permission for two years, imposing a requirement for directional signage at the site to be approved by the council.
Inspector: Timothy King; Written representations