DC Casebook: Leisure and Recreation - Platform extension amenity fear rejected

An external staircase and platform have been approved to the rear of a nightclub in an Essex conservation area following a ruling that they would not adversely affect the amenity of office workers.

The character of the conservation area was diverse, comprising residential and commercial development. The platform would be supported on columns and surrounded by a balustrade. The staircase would be attached to the platform and lead to an enclosed yard. The inspector considered that views of the structures would be limited.

Although the site backed onto offices and would be close to a number of windows, he found it unlikely that staff would be materially affected. The platform would not be used by nightclub customers until after 9pm and by this time the majority of workers would have left, he reasoned.

DCS Number 100-064-730

Inspector Stephen Job; Written representations

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