DC Casebook: Commercial and industrial - Scaffolding store allowed in green belt

An inspector has allowed outside storage of scaffolding on part of former industrial works in Essex after finding that it would not materially harm the visual amenity of the green belt.

The entire works site benefited from consent for the storage and distribution of marquees and chinaware. The appellant proposed to change the use of the site, which contained a substantial storage building, smaller buildings and an open yard, to the storage of scaffolding.

The appellant suggested a condition limiting the external storage height to 4.5m, the number of commercial vehicles parked to six at any one time and the storage extent to 4.75 per cent of the site area. The inspector agreed that this would be a small proportion and noted that the yard could hold a number of commercial vehicles under the existing permission.

The council pointed out that the existing permission was subject to a condition restricting external storage. The inspector accepted this point but concluded overall that the proposal would not have a materially greater impact on the openness of the green belt. He recognised the council's argument that open storage of scaffolding equipment tends to be unsightly but observed that views of the site from the surrounding area were limited.

DCS Number 100-064-405

Inspector David Prentis; Hearing


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