Council action over unauthorised garage
Published on 10 April 2018
Last year Leicester City Council issued an enforcement notice after a previously vacant building at 27a Westcotes Drive opened as a car repair workshop in a quiet residential area without planning permission.
The owner of the building, Amarjit Singh Kullar, of ASK Estates, based in Wilberforce Road, appealed to the Government against the notice, but their appeal was dismissed following a public inquiry in February this year.
The enforcement notice was upheld, meaning the garage must now close by April 30, 2018.
The Government inspector who dealt with the appeal found that the property had undergone a change of use that needed permission and had not been operating for long enough to claim lawfulness.
Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Deputy City Mayor with responsibility for planning enforcement, said: “This garage has been causing issues for local residents since the day it opened. We took enforcement action last year but have had to wait for the appeal process to run its course. I am very pleased that the inspector agreed with our position that the garage was operating without permission.”
Deputy City Mayor Cllr Sarah Russell, who is also a ward councillor for Westcotes where the garage is located, added: “Residents have suffered from the unauthorized use of this site, with work going on sometimes until 2am, causing significant disturbance.
“It has been a long process but the right outcome.”
The owners now have until end of April to close the garage and vacate the building, or they could face prosecution including a fine up to £20,000 for flouting the enforcement notice.