Car repair impact held similar to bus depot

An inspector has quashed an enforcement notice directed against the use of a former bus depot in Yorkshire for vehicle repair and storage, having found that it would not harm nearby residents' living conditions.

The inspector could observe no clear distinction in terms of traffic type and activity between the premises being used as a bus depot by large diesel vehicles and as a recovery depot that would be frequented by large lorries. Similarly, he considered that there was no real difference between a bus being maintained in the workshop and a lorry or car being serviced and repaired.

He appreciated that occupants of the nearest residential properties might be concerned that conditions on working hours and practices may not be met, particularly in view of earlier experiences when the recovery business was operating round the clock. However, he asserted that it must be assumed that the developer would abide by any conditions and that the local planning authority would enforce them if necessary.

DCS Number 100-051-148

Inspector David Pinner; Written representations.


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