Contracting operations blocked at home

An enforcement notice directed against the use of a house in the West Midlands as a paving contractor's base has been upheld after an inspector ruled that a material change of use had occurred.

The appellant explained that the business did not have an operational base other than his house. The driveway and garage were used for parking commercial vehicles and storage of contractor's plant, machinery and equipment. Items stored on the site often included lorries, vans, an excavator, a commercial trailer, a concrete mixer, plate compactors and cutters.

The inspector noted that the level of activity related to the business had grown, to the extent that loading and unloading of equipment and the arrival and departure of employees disturbed the neighbours. Vehicles were often parked on the road and impeded drivers and pedestrians, he noted. In his view, the business was no longer ancillary to the use of the land as a dwellinghouse.

DCS Number 100-050-360

Inspector David Hainsworth; Hearing.

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