Sunday, 20 August 2017

Probe launched into planning breach claim

AN investigation has been launched into claims that an industrial estate in Woodcote is in breach

AN investigation has been launched into claims that an industrial estate in Woodcote is in breach of its planning conditions.

Residents of Greenmore claim that businesses at Wards Farm are failing to provide enough space for parking outside their premises, so vehicles park in the road instead.

They say that mechanics have repaired vehicles in the street and on one occasion a fork lift truck blocked the street while unloading steel beams.

When the estate was given planning permission by South Oxfordshire District Council in the Eighties, there was a condition that enough space should be left for parking.

Now the council is investigating but says it is unlikely to take any action because the alleged breach has been happening for more than a decade without complaint so enforcing the condition would be legally difficult.



The estate’s management committee has acknowledged there is a problem, although businesses operating from the site say they only park in the road legally and don’t block residents’ drives or carry out repairs there.

Meanwhile, the council is also looking into claims that Woodcote post office and Chana Stores in Whitehouse Road is also operating as a hot food takeaway and café without permission.

Sue Chana, whose son Paul owns the post office, said she was in talks with the council about obtaining change of use permission.

Both investigations are expected to take about three months.



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