Casebook: Appeal Cases - Leisure and Entertainment - Leisure club wins reprieve in employment area

The retention of a members-only leisure club at a major employment area in west London has been allowed after an inspector decided that a five-year temporary permission was justified.

The appellant operated a club with facilities for snooker, card and board games. The property had not been used for employment purposes for at least nine years, before which it was used in association with an adjoining warehouse. The inspector agreed that the scope for using the building independently for industry or warehousing was limited by the lack of usable ground floor accommodation and the restricted space available for loading.

He held that a temporary permission would enable the appellant to demonstrate that the use could provide an appropriate level of employment for a strategic employment site.

DCS No: 100039030; Inspector: Mel Middleton; Written representations.

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