Casebook: Appeal cases - Food and drink uses. Pub reuse approved despite delivery problems

The reuse of a vacant Salvation Army building in West Yorkshire as a pub has been authorised after a ruling that difficulties in servicing the business did not outweigh environmental and economic benefits.

The inspector noted that the building had no dedicated servicing arrangements so vehicles would have to park on the street when delivering goods. Traffic regulations prohibited any waiting or loading between 8am and 9.30am and 4.30pm and 6pm each day, he observed.

However, he recognised that difficulties in accommodating delivery and service vehicles are typical of many town centres and many older buildings such as the appeal premises. In his opinion, it was not in the interests of the town centre to allow the building to remain unused because it would only fall further into disrepair.

DCS No: 100039300; Inspector: Jim Metcalf; Written representations.

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