Enclosed ramps favoured at motor garage

An inspector has quashed an enforcement notice requiring the removal of hydraulic platforms at a motor garage in Surrey after ruling that they were preferable to the use of mobile equipment.

The hydraulic platforms were used to raise vehicles to a height where they could be repaired or serviced from below. In accordance with the judgement in Fayrewood Fish Farms Ltd v Secretary of State for the Environment [1984], the inspector decided that their installation involved an engineering operation. They were not permitted under class B(a), part 8, schedule 2 of the General Permitted Development Order 1995 because they materially affected the external appearance of the premises, he held.

However, he accepted that the platforms could be used as mobile equipment on the site without requiring planning permission. Their use on the forecourt would have more visual impact than their siting within the garage, he acknowledged. He decided that it was better to grant permission for their permanent siting in the building and quashed the notice.

DCS Number 100-050-780

Inspector David Hainsworth; Hearing.

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