Planning permission granted and Enforcement Notice quashed for a London business



Inspire Planning Solutions expertise has won an appeal against an Enforcement Notice on behalf of Hi-Tech Motor Centre in North London.

We were approached by the Car Body Repair & M.O.T centre in February following the issuing of an Enforcement Notice served by the London Borough of Haringey Council. The Notice followed a refusal of retrospective consent for alterations undertaken to the roof above the vehicle service garage, dating back to October 2014.

The Council was of the opinion that the revised roof form had an adverse effect on the amenity of a neighbouring first floor flat by reason of a material loss of outlook. In presenting our case, we were able to effectively demonstrate that while the revised roof form has slightly increased the overall height of the roof, the adjacent flat continued to benefit from good levels of natural day light and a reasonable outlook would still be guaranteed. We also further advanced the benefits of the revised roof form from an environmental and economic point of view. The Inspector agreed with the case we presented, concluding:


“On balance, I consider that the Alterations do not have any significant adverse impact on residential amenity of the occupiers of the flats at Nos. 484 or 486. There is no other evidence before me that the Alterations have any significant impact on the residential amenity enjoyed by any other residential occupiers living nearby including those at Willow Court. Accordingly, I find no conflict with the relevant parts of the Development Plan.”


As the Enforcement Notice has been quashed and consent granted, our Client is looking forward to getting back to concentrate on their business. If you’re looking to appeal against a planning application refusal or Enforcement Notice, we have the expertise to help you. Get in touch with us now and see how our experienced team can help you.