DC Casebook: Householder Development - Garage conversion precedent fear backed

The owner of a dwelling on a Lancashire housing estate has been ordered to comply with an enforcement notice to reinstate an integral garage that had been converted into living accommodation.

The local authority explained that a condition had been imposed on the planning permission for the development stipulating that garages should only be used for parking cars. The appellant argued that the garage was of limited size and unsuited to larger vehicles. The inspector agreed that with a door width of just over 2m, care would be needed in manoeuvring a vehicle in and out of the space.

However, he considered that the structure was still capable of accommodating a good range of cars. Vehicles parked on the forecourts of homes would diminish the character and appearance of the estate, he decided. Allowing the appeal would set an undesirable precedent and make it very difficult for the council to resist pressure for further conversions, he concluded.

DCS Number 100-064-760

Inspector Robin Brooks; Written representations

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