DC Casebook: Leisure and Entertainment - Container vetoed as impermanent feature

An enforcement notice directed against an archery equipment storage container at a sports club in Cumbria has been upheld after an inspector decided that it is not part of a permitted building.

The appellant claimed that the metal shipping container was the inner shell of a new building for which permission had been granted in 2007. He maintained that the building had to have a steel liner for security reasons and that it would be clad with timber and surmounted by a profiled steel roof in accordance with the approved drawings.

The inspector observed that a paving slab under one corner had cracked. He surmised that the container was not sufficiently stable to support the additional weight of the cladding and roof. If the cladding were supported on the ground, he reasoned, the slabs would have to be removed to allow foundations to be created and this would require temporary removal of the container, whereas the permission was for a permanent storage building.

DCS Number 100-064-759

Inspector John Braithwaite; Written representations

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