SHEFFIELD Council has backed down from taking action against a couple it claims are running a scrapyard from their home without planning permission.
Planning officers have spent the last three years trying to stop Lee Mayfield and Susanne Biggs from the ‘unauthorised’ activities at their address on Woolley Wood Road, Shiregreen.
People living near the property complained they were plagued by lorries delivering scrap metal during the day and late into the evening and by parked vans and trucks obstructing the narrow street.
In 2010, Sheffield Council issued an enforcement notice ordering the couple to ‘remove pallets, scrap metal and other equipment which is associated with dismantling and breaking of vehicles’.
They were also given an Untidy Land Notice ordering them to remove waste from their front garden and drive.
A report to Monday’s city centre, south and east planning board said Mr Mayfield and Ms Biggs are complying with the official notice to stop storage and hire of skips at the house.
But planning officers say they cannot order removal of vans and lorries which are continuing to be parked outside because the land does not belong to the couple.
The council would have to implement separate parking restrictions.
Officers said in their report: “After discussions with the litigation solicitor it has been determined that we will not be able to enforce non-compliance of the enforcement notice relating to commercial vehicles parking in the highway.”
The same planning board is being asked to order enforcement action against the owners of land behind houses on Bellhouse Road, Shiregreen, which is being used for storage of vehicles and metal.