Commercial vehicle parking at green belt dwelling refused

An inspector upheld an enforcement notice issued by a local planning authority in Surrey after concluding that the parking of three commercial vehicles involved a material change of use which had undermined the openness and visual amenity of the green belt.

The appellant stated that he needed the vehicles for work purposes and since no employees were involved, parking them within the garden was incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling. However, one of the vehicles was up to 7.5 tonnes in weight and the inspector decided that the size and number of vehicles had triggered a material change of use. While they did not comprise permanent fixtures, they had nonetheless reduced the openness of the area and undermined the character and appearance of the locality in what comprised a residential area set within the countryside.

Inspector: Luke Perkins; Written representations

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