Casebook: Appeal cases - Commercial and industrial - Car sales at petrol station held intrusive

The continued use of a former petrol filling station in Hampshire for car sales has been blocked and an enforcement notice upheld after an inspector concluded that its reuse as a petrol station would cause less visual harm.

The inspector accepted that a canopy, sales building and hardstanding would remain whatever the outcome of the appeal. The cars displayed for sale were particularly prominent and their coverage of the site was extensive, she found. The use thereby ensured that the site appeared distinct from other development nearby and had a significant urbanising effect, she observed.

DCS No: 39189152; Inspector: Wendy McKay; Hearing.

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