The site lay next to a roundabout that gave access into the business park. The inspector concluded that this made the appeal site a "prime location within a prime location". While accepting that the construction of a restaurant would give the impression of further development proceeding, he felt that it would exacerbate the impression already created by non-employment uses.
In particular, the inspector noted that the park contained a fitness centre, hotel and restaurant and that only 14 per cent of the built floorspace was in class B1 business use. Since the appeal site had a pivotal role to play in encouraging employment uses onto the site, he judged that its loss would undermine this central development plan objective.
DCS No: 37844173; Inspector: Mike Croft; Hearing.