DC Casebook: Commercial and Industrial - Green belt car wash additions ruled out

The retention of a portable cabin and canopy at a motel and cafe in the Kent green belt has been ruled out by an inspector who upheld an enforcement notice requiring their removal.

The council had granted consent for a car wash business at the site on the basis that no additional buildings or structures were required. The appellant claimed that the car wash, which was sited in the commercial complex of the motel and cafe, maintained the openness of the green belt. The canopy and cabin were necessary to provide shelter for staff and waiting customers, he alleged.

The inspector noted PPG2's advice that developments associated with existing uses and maintaining openness are appropriate provided they comprise essential facilities. In his view, processions of vehicles through the washing area and car parks did not maintain the area's openness. He concluded that the cabin and canopy were not essential for the use to continue, had little affinity with the established buildings and undermined the area's character and appearance.

DCS Number 100-064-727

Inspector Nigel Burrows; Written representations

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