The council had granted permission for the store in 1998 subject to a condition stating that the building had to be of single-storey construction and no mezzanine floor could be installed. These terms pre-dated section 49 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, which brought certain internal alterations within the definition of development. The council contended that the mezzanine would increase the number of shopping trips and demand for car parking.
The inspector remarked that the mezzanine was intended to be used for storage rather than retail sales. He noted that in granting permission earlier this year for a mezzanine of 157m2, the council had not sought provision of any additional parking. The proposed addition of a further 43m2 of floor space was insignificant, he decided.
DCS Number 100-050-413
Inspector Clive Hughes; Written representations.