‘Eyesore’ building yard gets three months to clean up
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 August 2012 | UPDATED: 12:24 13 August 2012
‘FED up’ residents could soon be rid of an ‘eyesore’ after a building yard lost its appeal against a notice to remove its equipment from beside a fishing lake.
North Somerset Council had issued an enforcement notice against Curley Brothers Yard based in Hutton Moor Lane, telling the firm it could only keep three vehicles at the site.
Peter Curley, one of the brothers who is a partner of the business, lodged an appeal against the notice.
Councillor Dawn Payne, who represents Weston East at North Somerset Council, said at the hearing that the yard was ruining the landscape for its neighbours.
She added that the area had been made an ‘eyesore’ by the amount of vehicles and equipment.
Keith Turner, from The Planning Inspectorate, rejected the appeal heard at a planning inquiry which began on June 26, on four grounds.
He said in a document outlining the decision that Mr Curley’s argument that the car park is a general one for use by all vehicles including lorries ‘stretches the terms of the permission too far’.
It stated the car park is only for use by cars, not lorries, rendering the firm’s use of it for lorries as a breach of planning control.
Mr Curley had also put forward that the amount of equipment on the site would be difficult to relocate and that it may take up to two years to find an alternative site, an argument dismissed by Mr Turner as having a ‘complete lack of evidence’.
Mr Curley said the land had been used for storing equipment and vehicles continuously for more than 10 years, but the inspector concluded the businessman’s evidence was ‘insufficient to outweigh the documented, cogent evidence of the council’.
Mr Curley also argued that the council did not take enough steps to warn the business that it would take enforcement action, stating the notice was ‘a bolt out of the blue’.
Keith Turner said: “The council clearly considered the matter carefully and gave reasonable indications of their considering enforcement action.”
Curley Brothers has three months to comply with the notice.
Cllr Payne said: “I am happy the appeal has been rejected on all grounds so I am hopeful he will start clearing the area. It would be nice if he started to do it before the three months so it is done and finished. Every time he appeals and every time he has lost and it is costing the council money.
“Residents are fed up with the eyesore and they are fed up with the time he is taking.”
Peter Curley said the firm is disappointed with the decision because it has tried to follow the council’s guidelines while using the site.
He added: “We have followed their instructions, it has cost us a lot of money and we have wasted a lot of time.”
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