Unauthorised car repair garage set to be closed

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A CAR repair garage which has been operating without planning permission is set to be closed after its operation was branded a ‘danger’ by council officials in Sheffield.

The business was set up six months ago in a yard at the rear of houses on Coverdale Road, Carter Knowle, at premises formerly used as storage by a decorating firm.

An application has been made for consent to change use of the site, being considered by a Sheffield Council planning board on Monday.

A decision on the bid was deferred from a meeting in May, after a claim by the applicant that the site had been classified on business rates as a ‘vehicle repair workshop’, since 1995 so did not need planning permission.

He had been asked to apply for planning permission by the council after complaints from surrounding residents.

But the applicant did not provide any further information to support his case, council officials said, so are recommending refusal.

Some 18 residents have objected - although two letters supporting the application were also sent.

Residents complained the repair garage is sometimes in operation as late as 7pm in the week, with ‘noise and disturbance’. They said there was bad visibility at the junction where the track leading to the site comes off the street - and said there had not been a previous car repair business.

A council report said: “The use causes unacceptable noise and disturbance. Access is unsafe and dangerous.”

If planning permission is refused, a notice is to be issued, ordering the operation to cease.