Courier and taxi control office restricted

An inspector has quashed an enforcement notice requiring the cessation of a courier and taxi control office business in central London and granted planning permission subject to conditions restricting its hours of operation.

The premises contained rest and drying rooms for motorcycle couriers and toilets for taxi drivers. In the inspector's opinion, the level of activity generated by the coming and going of vehicles at the site materially affected the amenity of local residents and compromised highway safety.

However, he concluded that conditions could be imposed to limit the impact. In particular, he observed that the appellants were willing to communicate with their operatives using computers and limit the hours in which drivers and couriers could visit the site. He considered that the conditions would be enforceable because local residents would record any breaches.

DCS Number 100-050-470

Inspector Richard Perrins; Inquiry.

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