CASEBOOK: Appeal Cases; Community facilities - Korean school judged acceptable in office building

An enforcement notice requiring the cessation of use of the first floor of a Surrey office building for teaching children has been quashed on the basis that the property was suited to the purpose and the activity did not give rise to harmful traffic and parking impacts.

The council claimed that the use of the building to accommodate children aged between nine and 17 harmed the amenity of local residents and was concerned about the highway implications. But the inspector concluded that the use was of limited scale and duration and found the council's concerns overstated.

He noted that the majority of teaching took place in the early evenings and was offered to small groups of Korean children who attended local schools during the day but needed additional teaching to meet the Korean national curriculum. The presence of the students added little to the general activity and car parking associated with other commercial premises in the locality, he ruled.

DCS No: 35134571; Inspector: Roger Dyer; Hearing.

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