Building must come down as planning appeal dismissed

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A WINSLOW business has lost its appeal against a decision to refuse planning permission for a building it had erected and change of use.

Bucks Motors, on Station Road Industrial Estate, had applied retrospectively in September for planning permission for the erection of a steel-clad building and the use of the building and land for a car dealership, including the preparation of vehicles for sale.

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) planners refused planning permission on the grounds that the use of the building for car repairs and servicing and the use of the site for pressure washing cars in preparation for sale resulted in significant levels of noise and disturbance to neighbouring residential properties.

Planners also said the change of use of the site to a car dealership resulted in the loss of a substantial part of the parking, manoeuvring, loading and unloading space associated with the nearby industrial unit, which had knock-on effects on safety and convenience on the local roads.

They issued an enforcement notice requiring the owners to cease the unauthorised use of the land and demolish or dismantle the building within six months.

Appealing against the refusal on behalf of owner Ansar Ali, agent J.W. Peeters, of Oving, denied that the use of the site caused significant levels of noise and disturbance to neighbouring homes or had reduced parking or manoeuvring to an unacceptable level.

He said the business provided much-needed employment for six people directly and others indirectly.

But following a site visit in January, planning inspector James Ellis dismissed the planning appeal on February 14.

However, he extended the period of compliance to nine months to give Mr Ali time to offload his stock and make arrangements to demolish the building.