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Storage Container Enforcement Issues

Client

SLS Ltd

Architects

N/A

Local Authority

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Bell Cornwell LLP assisted SLS Ltd in resolving a planning enforcement matter following the issue of an enforcement notice requiring:

  • the removal of a portable storage unit, and
  • the laying out of a parking area that was required by a condition on an earlier consent.

An appeal was lodged on the basis that:

  1. The notice was not clear.
  2. The allegation was incorrect.
  3. The requirements either no longer applied or were excessive.
  4. That the portable storage unit was not “development”.
  5. That there was sufficient space for parking in accordance with current standards.

The Inspector agreed with us that the notice was invalid and, as the notice could not be corrected without causing injustice to our client, the notice was quashed.

Following subsequent negotiation with the local planning authority a planning application was submitted for a revised parking layout to provide for the retention of the portable storage unit and the provision of 4 parking spaces; this was approved.

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