DC Casebook: Commercial and Industrial - Trading held to affect monument setting

The retention of various uses at a former petrol filling station in south Wales has been refused after an inspector decided that they adversely affect the setting of a Roman amphitheatre.

The uses included an estate agent, a computer sales and repair shop and a car wash. The inspector decided that these impinged on the setting of an adjoining field that made a significant contribution to an historic town and in particular the appreciation of buildings dating from Roman times.

Vehicles parked on the site and the extension of the hardstanding area to serve the car wash would undermine views of historic walls, he decided. The fact that the commercial activities did not physically affect the historic remains was immaterial in assessing whether they would have any visual or other impact on it, he determined.

Inspector: Tony Thickett; Written representations

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