Located on a small backland site, surrounded by terraced dwelling houses, our clients had sited two storage containers and a linked shelter, within a few meters of the neighbouring properties. Having run a successful breakdown business for many years, the business sought to improve its efficiency and overall operation by creating suitable storage facilities as well as creating a covered area to allow vehicles to be worked on undercover.
Having not obtained planning permission prior, the LPA had started enforcement proceedings and invited our client to submit a planning application although had suggested that the application would unlikely to be approved. Unsurprisingly the neighbours were not happy with the principle, details, or location of the containers and shelter however after detailed negotiations with the Planning Officer we successfully argued that with some minor amendments the permission should be granted. As the use of the yard was not in question, the provision of the containers helped to tidy the site up and create betterment to what was their previously as well as providing a degree of screening to the neighbouring properties.
Our clients were therefore able to continue with their business.