Car boot sale ruled to cause highway harm

Operators have failed to secure permission for a car boot sale site in Derbyshire following a ruling that it would adversely affect local residents' amenity and undermine highway safety.

The site lay approximately 225m from a residential area. The appellants proposed to hold sales every Sunday between 9am and 1pm. Around 300 parking spaces would be provided for shoppers and a further 60 spaces for sellers. The appellants marked the spaces to demonstrate that this could be achieved, but the inspector was unconvinced that 360 spaces could be provided on the site.

It was quite likely that many shoppers' cars would be parked on an adjoining road without restrictions, she reasoned. In her view, this would be likely to disturb nearby residents. Evidence submitted by local people during times when the car boot sale operated under permitted development rights showed that severe congestion had resulted, she found. Indiscriminate parking would also block accesses to individual houses, she decided.

DCS Number 100-051-074

Inspector Sarah Colebourne; Written representations.

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