British tire fitters ordered to quit over noise
ERJ staff report (BC)
Burnley, UK – The owners of a tire-fitting operation in Burnley, Lancashire have been told to quit their operation by a planning inspector, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.
Local authority development control officials issued an enforcement notice against Sarfraz Choudrey in July 2012 for using a site in Disraeli Street, authorised for installing car radios, to fit tires instead.
An appeal was lodged by Mr Choudrey with the Planning Inspectorate, claiming it should be allowed to remain, with restrictions on opening hours.
Residents in a nearby street claimed that the noise generated by pneumatic equipment and compressor was causing a disturbance.
The planning inspector was convinced that the confined nature of the premises, which could only accommodate two vehicles at any one time, would encourage customers to park on the road nearby.
The enforcement appeal was dismissed as “unduly harmful” to nearby residents.
But the inspector did allow Mr Choudrey four months, instead of the usual three, to relocate his business elsewhere in the town.
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