Coffee bar allowed despite parking fears

The change of use of an art gallery and estate agency in a small West Sussex village to a coffee bar has been approved despite concerns that it would lead to parking on an adjacent road.

The village lay near the coast and the surrounding area contained eight holiday parks and an attractive and well-used beach. The council claimed that the three on-site parking spaces proposed would be woefully inadequate for the planned use. The inspector agreed but found that on-street car parking was also available.

Whether the on-street spaces were used by customers of the coffee bar or other shops in the village made no material difference in terms of allowing people to park safely and maintain traffic flows, he reasoned. Having regard to the authorised use of the premises, he decided that the change of use should be allowed to proceed.

DCS Number 100-050-595

Inspector Roger Mather; Hearing.


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