Ice cream home business base allowed

An enforcement notice directed against a mixed residential and business use of a property in Dorset has been quashed after an inspector determined that it does not harm the area's residential character.

The appellant sought permission to park two ice cream vans and two ice cream trailers at the property and use a wooden shed for storage purposes. He explained that there was only one delivery per week to the site during the summer and even less traffic in the winter. The business employed two people as well as the appellant and his partner.

The local authority was concerned that the business activity at the site would occupy a substantial part of the curtilage and would detract from its residential character. The inspector pointed out, however, that the majority of the curtilage was surfaced and already accessible by vehicles. She observed that the vans and trailers would be set well back from the road frontage behind high double gates and that new planting would form an effective screen when mature.

DCS Number 100-050-244

Inspector Wendy McKay; Hearing.

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